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This study presents a critical analysis of the hypothesis of M. M. Tatár on the origin of the Turkic word sarmysak, “garlic”. Taken by itself, Tatár's hypothesis looks plausible, but much more Indo-European evidence is needed in order to decide whether it is valid or not. During the investigation based on recent achievements of Indo-European linguistics, a more exact form of Proto-Indo-European lexeme “(wild) garlic”will be reconstructed; both more precise and new etymologies will be offered to New Persian, Khotanese, Sanskrit, Greek, Serbo-Croatian, and Hungarian words. The context of the assumed borrowings into Turkic and Mongolian languages will be drawn more exactly.

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In this paper the author clarifies the so far uncertain etymology of Latin niger, nigra, nigrum, Greek ανιγρός, he offers a more precise etymology for Latin vafer-bafer-vabrum and suggests a working hypothesis for the origin of Latin pulcher. All of these explanations are based on a new rule of suffixation elaborated by the author.

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Plöchl, R. : Einführung ins Hieroglyphen-Luwische [Dresdner Beiträge zur Hethitologie 8]

Dresden, Technische Universität 2003. S. 140. ISBN 3-86005-351-5

Author: Zsolt Simon
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The paper critically discusses the devices used for locating the Proto-Indo-European homeland in order to distinguish between reliable and unreliable methods and to set up an agenda for the future studies. A special section is devoted to linguistic palaeontology and to its contemporary criticism.

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Authors: Zsolt Simon and Nelu Zugravu
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According to the communis opinio, Lat. leuga was a Gaulish loanword, survived in the Romance languages and was borrowed into Old English. However, this scenario faces three unsolved problems: the non–Celtic diphthong –eu–, the Proto–Romance form *legua and the fact that the Old English word cannot continue the Latin form on phonological grounds. This paper argues that all these problems can regularly be solved by the reconstructed West Germanic and Gothic cognates of the Old English word borrowed into Gaulish and early Romance dialects, respectively.

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Authors: Károly Tempfli, Gergely Farkas, Zsolt Simon and Ágnes Bali Papp

The aim of this study was to detect different alleles of the prolactin receptor (PRLR) gene and to examine their effects on the litter size of the indigenous Hungarian pig, the Mangalica. G1789A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) was investigated as a candidate for litter size. Samples from 80 purebred Mangalica sows and data of their 335 litters were provided by Olmos & Tóth Ltd. Hair follicles were used to isolate the required DNA. Allelic discrimination was performed by means of the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method using the AluI restriction enzyme and agarose gel electrophoresis. In the population examined, the A allele was found to be preferable in the Mangalica breed group. The most advantageous AA genotype was the least prevalent (8.75%), while the frequencies of AB and BB were 40% and 51.25%, respectively. Remarkably, the average number of piglets born alive per litter was 1.11 ± 0.39 higher in sows with AA as compared to those with BB genotype. By raising the frequency of the AA genotype, the litter size is likely to increase. However, the effect of PRLR genotypes can differ among pig breeds and even lines. Further studies may be required to observe and estimate possible pleiotropic effects of this polymorphism on other traits.

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Authors: Ferenc Simon, Miklós Nádasy, Zsolt Marczali, Erzsébet Nádasy and Sándor Keszthelyi
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