Post by venaala on Aug 9, 2016 13:33:05 GMT -5
The languages of these peoples, at least from my experience are a lot more expressive and nuanced towards nature and the spiritual world. For example a Yakut or Altai will sing like a bird, mimic the sounds of nature. To a Siberian, the mountains, valleys, steppes and surroundings take on a different significance.
In comparison, the Uzbeks and Turkmen are linguistically related to the Altai people, but they live in towns and cities and adopted the Islamic religion. They don't get it anymore, their spiritual vocabulary is reduced, the words are no longer necessary, and the new religion, in this case Islam provides that role. The Uzbek lyrics tend to be generic love songs or Pop songs from Turkey etc... The spiritual connection has long been severed, which is a shame.
I totally agree, that languages all over the world are getting a lot more neutral Although I am not an expert on languages I still live in a world that is full of locations described by some word that I don't really know the meaning of. They are the old finnish that has for large part been forgotten. We still have our different words for different kinds of snow etc. that is characteristic for languages born and used close to nature. They do make such languages very powerful and poetic because they are very descriptive because they tell of the nature of the subject of talk...you got the idea.
It really saddens me, that a lot of these words are already forgotten and are still BEING forgotten on purpose. Only a coupe of year ago our "rag"(rätti) in the dictionary turned into "cleaning-cloth"(siivouspyyhe). It vexed me immensely because I think that "rag" describes the thing a hundred times better than something lame like "cleaning-cloth"! This is just an example of languages growing poorer, as we spread further from the environment in which they are born and used in.