1. There is a big quasi-scientific hoopla going on in Russia to bring everybody to Iranian languages, supposedly related to Slavic, thus make a genetic connection between Slavic component and, say, Turkic. The Bulgars, Bashkirs are at front of it, or are its first victims. The base is practically non-existent, so any resemblance is pumped up to the upmost, first, and the definition of what is Iranian is most vague, second. See Dybo A. "Linguistic contacts of Early Turks" for reconstructions of Proto-Turkic using Bulgarian, with some of her acidic notes on attributions. It is a circus.
2. Yes, they did. |