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Proto-Altaic: *pōto ( ~ -ū-, -i̯ū-)
Meaning: to think, intend
Russian meaning: думать, намереваться
Mongolian: *bodu-
Tungus-Manchu: *pōt[e]-
Korean: *ptɨ́-t
Japanese: *pǝ́tua
Comments: Lee 1958, 119 (Kor.-Mong.). Cf. also MKor. pthǝ̄k 'reason'; without vowel reduction perhaps also MKor. pùrǝ́, mod. purǝ 'intentionally, on purpose'. Mong. > Evk. bodo- etc. (see ТМС 1, 88, Doerfer MT 78). The Jpn. reflex is not quite certain, being somewhat distant semantically and aberrant accentologically (TM length should correspond to low tone in Jpn.). The voicing in modern dialects (Tok. hodo etc.) also contradicts *-t- in *pōto. One should consider a possibility of relating Kor. pthǝ̄k and PJ *pǝtua (*pǝ(n)tua) to PA *p`ḗt[e] 'name, to call' ('name' as the essence or reason of the called object?) which would be phonologically more plausible (assuming Gruntov's rule about *C`VCV > *CVC`V in early PJ).

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