A few months ago I believed Altaic existed & included Turkic, Mongolic & Tungusic. But now, I think Korean & Japanese are also Altaic. To me, the single biggest piece of potential evidence for Altaic is that in all of the proposed Altaic languages rhotic phonemes do not begin native words.
A lot of linguists also share the same point of view as yours. Some have addressed that there existed vowel-harmony
similar to turkic languages
within the Japanese language (of which, are found amongst archaic
and or native
words) such as: anata
" as a cognate
with the pan-altaic
"). There are also a small group of linguists who also advocate that, the Ainu Language
is also belonging to the Altaic branch.
I recently skimmed through some Turkic language dictionaries & couldn't find a single word, besides loanwords from Arabic & Persian, that starts with /r/. Even in Japanese & Korean, languages which have a single phonemic liquid, that phoneme doesn't begin native words. I only found 1 Mongolian word that starts with /r/. Manchu has none.
Indeed, it is too much for such coincidences, aren't they? Especially when true coincidences are rare amongst languages.
The Manchu alphabet doesn't even have a letter for /r/ at the beginning of a words. This all can't just be a coincidence. Can it?
Well...we don't have native manchu words
starting with the "R" but...the "R" does have an "initial form" for writing loan-words
...however, the words loaned
never retained the initial-R...makes one ask why the heck inventing an "initial-r form
when we don't even use it...
It is possible to write【ᡵᠣᠰᡳᠶᠠ】rosiya
but, my manchurian elders insisted
the word for "Russia" is 【ᠣᡵᠣᠰᡳᠶᠠ】orosiya
or just 【ᠣᡵᠣᠰ】oros