linguistics, agglutinating languages, Indo-European languages, Hungarian language, archaic languages
This tentative, experimental article claims that modern linguistics is limited by it being founded on Indo-European languages. A linguistics based on agglutinative languages would arrive at quite different results. A major difference concerns the relative significance to be attributed to vocals, in contrast to consonants. Consonants ‘sound with’ other sounds, vocals, and so, as Plato recognised, vocals are more basic for language than consonants. Agglutinative languages distinguish between short and long vocals, and this is basic for their structure, in particular how they are built on long vowels expressing interjections. The article presents a few relevant etymological examples from Hungarian, an agglutinative language.