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:
>> >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):
Other langs formerly referred to as Paleosiberian include Nivkh (= Gilyak)
(IIRC). So to say, a Siberian version of Celtic (consonant mutations, weird
Dunno about Esquimo-Aleut.