Kälämäçin

"Interpreter"

Etymology

Pronunciation

/k[e]l[e]m[e]t͡ʃin/

Transcriptions

Qi-mai-zhen (乞萬眞) LH *kʰɨət-mas-tśin

Part of Speech

Noun

 

Sources

Notes on the Language of the Tatar Qağanate

2022

Qishu (齊書)

Notes on the Tabğaç Language

2022

Languages of Ancient Southern Mongolia and North China

2017

Notes

Shimunek (2017) reconstructs *kʰilm[ɔ/ʊ]rt͡ʃin, comparing it to Middle Mongol kelemeçi “interpreter.” Ironically, the word that is transcribed here is actually Tabğaç *kelemet͡ʃin s.m. Likely from Mongolic *kel “tongue.” However, one should note the Turkic cognates: Old Turkic *kelet͡ʃy “conversation,” Middle Oğuz (كَلَاخُو) *käläːt͡ʃy “conversation,” Chuvash kala (кала) “to say, speak,” Turkish geleci (geleci) “conversation,” Kazakh kelissöz (келіссөз) “negotiations,” Kyrgyz keliş (келиш) “to come to an agreement,” Tatar kileş (килеш) “to come to an agreement,” Bashkir kileş (килеш) “to come to an agreement.”

From my research notes: "Notes on the Tabğaç Language"