Tokharian


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To·khar·i·an

 (tō-kâr′ē-ən, -kär′-)
n.
Variant of Tocharian.

Tokharian

(tɒˈkɑːrɪən)
n
(Historical Terms) a variant spelling of Tocharian

To•char•i•an

(toʊˈkɛər i ən, -ˈkɑr-)

n.
1. an extinct Indo-European language spoken in the NE Tarim Basin of W China c500–800 a.d., having an eastern dialect (Tocharian A) and a western dialect (Tocharian B).
2. a speaker of Tocharian.
adj.
3. of or pertaining to Tocharian or its speakers.
[1925–30; < Greek Tóchar(oi) a Central Asian people + -ian]
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By employing the evidence presented by the Classical sources that the Kushites ruled empires in Africa and Asia, Winters is able to show that the cognate language of Meroitic was the Tokharian language spoken by the Kushana people of Central Asia.
Tokharian A surm, B sarm have the meanings 'motive', 'cause', and 'origin'.
He tries to equate Qiang, the name of the main enemy of the Shang Chinese, with Tokharian klank - (Beckwith has n in place of n) 'to ride, go by wagon', suggesting that the name means 'charioteer' (p.
The larger remainder concerns mainly Mongolistic themes, followed by Manchu and one article about Tokharian (which is a bit out of place here).
As for the Uighurs of Gaochang, 'it is because of their influence', Chavannes and Pelliot wrote, 'that we have the so-called "Turkicization" of Chinese Turkestan, the result of which was that the local population ceased to speak in Eastern Iranian or "Tokharian".' (8)
Using the evidence presented by the Classical sources that the Kushites ruled empires in Africa and Asia, Winters (1984, 1988, 1989) illustrated that the cognate language of Meroitic, was the Tokharian language spoken by the Kushana people of Central Asia.