Essays on Uzbek History, Culture, and Language (Indiana by Bakhtiyar A. Nazarov, Denis Sinor, Devin DeWeese

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Mythical or Epic Sources Aalto and Pekkanen, though more complete on the early medieval Latin texts than the Glossar, do not list the Hungarian Latin 4 [Quintus Curtius Rufus], History of Alexander, VIII. i. 8, translated by John C. Rolfe, (London: Heinemann, 1946), II, pp. 234-235. 82 Meserve texts that do appear in the Glossar. As already noted by Ligeti, these Hungarian Latin texts that mention Khwarezm, do so in the capacity of relating a Hungarian "epic" version of the story of the Huns. s All four texts present basically the same story of a Hun-Khwarezmian marriage alliance.

66. ~ 62 Kuchkartaev In addition may be cited words referring to secular literature and its varieties: kavi ("poem," "epos"), qosug ("verse," "poem"), qos(fig. ilto compose verses or songs"), taziit- ("to compose verses"). The majority of these words encountered in written monuments of the Qarakhanid period: ol yi"r qosdr ("he has written verses"), bu tarkcii qosuglar taziittim siingii ("I have written these Turkic verses for you"). Yet another group of words in the lexical stock of the Old Turkic monuments, with meanings associated with incantations and magic, may be considered as a special variety of the lexico-semantic field of writing and written language, insofar as incantations were written upon household articles, sticks, amulets, etc.

282-283. The Lexico-Semantic Field of Written Language - 63 occupied a special place; this in tum led to the conscious veneration of the word, and especially the artistic, literary word, which we find in the sayings of the literary figures of that period about the role of words and language. The clearest representative of this is cAli-shir Nava~, the founder of the Old Uzbek literary language, who composed a special work (the MulJakamat al-lughatayn) on the artistic and esthetic possiblities of Turkic words.

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