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Paleoasiatic (was: Favourite Language Group?)

From:Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>
Date:Thursday, September 5, 2002, 19:01

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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 [...] Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Is mall a mharcaicheas am fear a bheachdaicheas --Scottish proverb


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