StarLing errata

For the benefit of anyone else working with the site: this page collects errata for the Tower of Babel project’s database of Uralic etymology, hosted at http://starling.rinet.ru/cgi-bin/query.cgi?basename=\data\uralic\uralet.

Substantial critique of the database’s etymological connections themselves is not possible here (this task would amount to re-writing a Uralic etymological dictionary!), so for now I’m only listing clearly erroneously entered data. Similarly, I cite the PU forms as entered in the database, not according to what I believe would be the most accurate reconstructions.

*äktV- (#38): “Estonian” → Sami
*ćokV-mV (#67): “Hungarian” → ? Mansi
*ewkkV (#141): “Udmurt” → Mansi
*järV (#177): “Proto-Samoyed” → Nenets
*jekV (#181): “Mansi” → Khanty
*jotka (#195): “Khanty” → Mansi
*kaŋa-rV (#243): “Proto-Samoyed” → Selkup
*kelke- (#283): descendants not listed!
*kojra (#336): “Enets” → Selkup; Nganasan and actual Enets reflexes missing
*leppV (#484): “Komi” → Mari
*muŋkV (#570): “Khanty” → Hungarian
*na (#589): “Udmurt” → Mansi
*ńila (#633): “Mari” → Mansi
*onśa (#680): “Udmurt” → Mansi
*paŋka (#714): “Mari” → Mansi
*pura (#828): “Proto-Samoyed” → Nenets
*śaδa (#934): descendants not listed!
*śulV (#996): spurious Finnish entry (a single straggling acute accent)
*tüŋe (#1067): “Khanty” → Hungarian
*tiwä (#1071): “Komi” → Khanty
*waća (#1111): “Udmurt” → Mansi
*kičV (#1325): “Proto-Samoyed” → Nenets
*koske- (#1351): “Udmurt” → Komi
*kEčV (#1372): “Mordvin” → Mari
*luma (#1409): “Mordvin” → Mari
*merV (#1431): descendants not listed!
*śäće (#1562): “Mordvin” → Mari
*šukštV (#1643): “Mari” → Mordvin
*tokta (#1976): “Estonian” → Sami

3 comments on “StarLing errata
  1. David Marjanović says:

    This is remarkably random. Some of these confusions could be explained if the sources used confusing terms like “Ostyak”, but most couldn’t.

  2. j. says:

    The majority seem to be errors of a type where data meant for language N has been instead entered for language N+1 or N-1.

  3. David Marjanović says:

    Ah, so the exact same error I’m dealing with a lot in my work (substitute “species” or “character” for “language”). *sigh*

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