Journal of History School


“Çın” Word And Derivatives In Hıstorical Turkic Languages

This study is based on the word çın ve and its derivatives which are witnessed in Old Uighur Turkish texts. In this study, the examples identified through historical texts were discussed and it was seen that the word çın was transferred from Chinese to Turkish by bilingual monks during the Old Uighur Turkish period and later settled as a hendiadyoins. This term, which has the same frequency of usage in Islamic texts as in Buddhist texts, has been used with various witnesses as name and verb with the changes in the historical process and the derivation power of Turkic language. An attempt to translate the concepts of Buddhism and Islam into “foreign element + Turkish elements” through the hendiadyoins which we see as one of the methods of making terminology related to the religious terminology of Turkish, shows that there is a language policy in terms of religious terms. In this respect, the value expressed by the word is tried to be determined on the basis of the existing language policy.


Historical Turkic Languages, Buddhism, Islam, çın.

Author : Yılmaz AKDEMİR
Number of pages: 551-569
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