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  • 1 Facultad de Filología Instituto de Ciencias de las Religiones E-28040 Madrid Spain
  • 2 Ikasketa Klasikoak Saila E-01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz Spain
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The main goal of this brief paper is to trace the origin of the so-called “comparative” suffix in Tungusic languages. Although traditionally seen as a Pan-Tungusic element (only lost in Manchuric), there are very good reasons to think that actually we should deal with two different morphemes whose distribution roughly speaking corresponds to the one between the Northern and Southern (Amuric) Tungusic languages. I aim to offer evidences pointing to a possible Mongolic -Northern Tungusic contact situation as well as an independent genesis in Southern Tungusic.

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