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Proto-Tungus-Manchu: *xala-
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: tug, belt
Russian meaning: лямка, ремень
Evenki: alaɣ
Even: al
Negidal: ala, alan
Ulcha: χala
Orok: χalị
Nanai: χala
Oroch: ala
Udighe: ala
Comments: ТМС 1, 28-29. Аникин 80 proposes: Evk. > Khant. ălak > Russ. dial. alák, álak > Yak. ālɨk, Ket alǝk, Yukagh. aɫik; cf. also Nivkh halɨk id. This would make the etymology of Ket alǝk presented in Старостин 1995, 181 ( = PNC *hwǝ̄lkwē 'chariot') obsolete.

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