MIME deputy coordinator László Marácz presented his new book, “Towards Eurasian Linguistic Isoglosses: The Сase of Turkic and Hungarian,” for the first time at the Great Steppe Human Sciences Forum May 24, 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The event was organised by the International Turkic Academy with the participation of the Library of the First President of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation and the Ataturk High Council of Culture, Language and History.
Marácz shared insights from his book with a crowd of scholars involved with Turkology and the ancient history of this area.
“The book deals with the Turkic languages and the relation between the Turkic and the Hungarian languages,” said Marácz in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times. “It is about the Turkic and Hungarian people and also about the ancient history of Central Asia.”
“I try to make a connection between the Hungarian and Turkic languages. There are a number of similarities in the lexicon and grammar of both languages. We [are dealing] here with very old relations. And it shows that the forefathers of the Hungarians once dwelt here in this area. I suppose they could be the Scythians. We have to search for the connection, and it must lie somewhere in Central Asia,” he said.