Re: Paleoasiatic (was: Favourite Language Group?)
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 7, 2002, 16:28|
Pavel Iosad wrote:
> > >- Paleoasiatic
> > What's this?
>Citing Volodin A. P. Introduction // Languages of the World.
>Paleoasiatic languages. Moscow: Indrik, 1997
>Paleoasiatic (or PaleoSiberian) languages are a conventional entity of
>several genetically unrelated languages and small language groups,
>united on geographical principles. The term belongs to L. I. Shrenk, who
>in mid-19th century offered the hypothesis that the Paleoasatic peoples,
>as a result of the expansion of the Altaic peoples (Turks, Mongols,
>Tungus-Manchu peoples), were partly assimilated by the newcomers and
>partly confined to the northern and northeastern fringes of Asia and
>into North America. [...] the following languages are usually classified
>as Paleoasiatic: Chukchi-Kamchatkan, Eskimo-Aleut, Yenissean, as well as
>the genetically isolated Yukaghir and Nivkh [...]
So it's the same as Paleosibirian. Long live inconsistent terminology ...
(no offence meant to Pavel - I'm sure he isn't the one who invented the
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