Subjects under Ruling Power: “ordinary, common People” in Turkic
(55th Meeting, 2012)
The concepts such as “commoner, civilian folk, ordinary people and subjects of a ruler” in Turkic languages have always been indicated with lexical items either borrowed from the neighbouring languages or from its own sources. We observe that they used reduplications frequently in order to express this concept. When the Turks moved away from Mongolia into remote geographical places there was a tendency of multiplication of this concept developed by subsequent borrowings. In this paper I will especially concentrate on the different lexical equivalents of this concept used between the 8th and 13th centuries by Turkic peoples.