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Japanese is in its own lingustic family, but it sure seems to have a lot in common with Turkish

Japanese and Turkish are structurally similar, if you compare them to English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Arabic. They are somewhat more like Arabic, but I am guessing that you don't speak Arabic so you ...
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Did Turkic languages have a different 'r' sound that couldn't be pronounced unless conected to a vowel from behind?

These are really two separate questions, one about initial r-, one about syllable-final -r jumping across syllables. Prosthesis With regard to the prosthesis of initial r-, I believe you are correct. ...
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