chapter  VI
THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORD IN PRE-EIGHTH CENTURY TURKISH
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It was pointed out in Chapter II that there were (and still are) in Turkish two kinds of words, words carrying a suffix or suffixes of one kind or another, and words from which no known suffix can be detached and which can therefore best be described as “basic words.” It was, to use an analogy, these basic words that were the bricks and the suffixes that were the mortar out of which the Turkish language was constructed. Later this native material was in all Turkish languages, but in some more than in others, supplemented by loan words, and in a few languages even loan suffixes, but this supplementary material is not taken into account in this chapter.