William Rozycki's Mongol Elements in Manchu is a masterful work on the subject of Manchu and Mongolian linguistics. It identifies, analyzes, and categorizes occurrences of Mongol loan words in Manchu written documents in order to better understand the relationship between these two languages. In all, it examines 1,381 individual word correspondences and places them into eight individual categories: recent loans from Mongol to Manchu, early loans from Mongol to Manchu/Jurchen, ancient loans from Mongol to Tungus, pre-loan correspondences, loans from Manchu to Mongol, problematic cases, loans from Chinese to Mongol and Manchu, and dismissible cases. Both the linguistic analysis and comprehensive lexicon provide by this book make it an indispensable source for anyone studying or interested in the relationship between the Mongol and Manchu languages.
Introduction Abbreviation Lexicon Analysis Glossary of Mongol Bibliography
This excellent book certainly deserves a warm welcome from Mongolists, Manchuists, Altaicists, and other Central Asian specialists. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Rozycki's work represents the first significant step towards an etymological dictionary of the Manchu language. No serious work in the areas of Manchu etymology or lexicography will be now possible without consulting it.~Alexander Vovin, Mongolian Studies Vol. 18