Beliefs and hypotheses in Uralistics
This paper discusses certain assumptions that have been made within Uralistics, some of which are closely connected to the remote past of the Hungarian language. The author provides a critical survey of some unfounded hypotheses - or rather beliefs - that have been published over the past few decades and attempts to counter them with well-founded hypotheses. The specific issues are as follows: 1. the original (Proto-Uralic/Proto-Finno-Ugric) order of possessive suffixes and case suffixes; 2. the age and origin of Hungarian preverbs; 3. the explanation of Hungarian numerals exhibiting a locative structure (e.g. 'tiz-en -egy' (eleven), literally 'one - on-ten') that traces them back to Slavic; 4. the emergence of congruence between a noun and its adjectival modifier in Hungarian and other Uralic languages; 5. the issue of whether Proto-Ugric really existed.
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