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Re: Paleoasiatic (was: Favourite Language Group?)

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Friday, September 6, 2002, 15:00
On Fri, 06 Sep 2002 07:01, Pavel Iosad wrote:
> Hello, > > > >- 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 [...]
And the question always on the tip of my tongue is, where (and how) can I get information on these - necessarily - fascinating languages? In English, since I don't know any Russian as yest. It took me ages to get some information on Georgian, owing to a certain closure of channels between Russia and the rest of the world at a certain stage in history - I once wrote to the then Soviet Embassy in Wellington asking for information about Georgian and Armenian and got an Armenian tourist brochure back ;) It had no info on Radio Armenia, though - boo hoo hoo! ;) (I'll even sleep with Cinderella's ugly sisters, to get that info! I'm that desperate! <;^) Wesley Parish
> > Pavel
-- Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."


Tim May <butsuri@...>