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Paleosiberian &c, was: Verb order in Montreiano

From:Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>
Date:Monday, April 9, 2001, 9:39
On Wed, 4 Apr 2001 12:37:46 -0700, Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>

>On Wed, 4 Apr 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote: >> Ferenc Valoczy wrote: ><snipetty> >> >Now you will all think I'm off my rocker, but here's my >> >theory: Eskimo-Aleut are Uralic. I've done lots of work with Samoyedic >> >languages (but little with Eskimo-Aleut), and from what I have seen, I >> >think at least it's plausible.
I'm afraid some people will first ask where they can learn about your version of Proto-Samoyedic.... ;) (I'm hinting to srepwise reconstruction being considered by many the key to distant comparisons) < ... >
>roughly. I'm also trying to find more about Chukchi, Evenki and the other >Paleosiberian languages; I think they too might possibly fit into this, >but at the moment that's just a wild guess.
Evenki is Tungussic. A nice group of languages: to me, they sound a bit like some Volgan-type FU, but with less consonant clusters and more diphthongs, and various tasty bits here and there (like alienable/ unalienable possession, etc.). Chukchi is part of Chukotko-Kamchatkan. IIRC there have been atempts at connecting them with Nostratic (sensu stricto) - therefore, indirectly with Tungus-Manchu and Uralic. There is a comparartive database (by O. Mudrak) on the Web (part of S. Starostin's site): %5Ckamch%5Ckamet&recode=yes&hiero=gif Other langs formerly referred to as Paleosiberian include Nivkh (= Gilyak) (IIRC). So to say, a Siberian version of Celtic (consonant mutations, weird syntax, etc.) Dunno about Esquimo-Aleut. Basilius