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Ural-Altaic and other linked families

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 22, 2000, 10:22
(My apologies for losing the original posts which I try to quote in all
my replies.)

For what it's worth, Ural-Altaic linking is alive and well in the form
of Nostratic.  Other families closely associated by some:

Dene-Caucasian (which can include Basque, Burushaski, Sino-Tibetan, and
Hurrian-Caucasian (NOT Kartvelian)
Austric (Austronesian and Austroasiatic?)
Australian (Pama-Nyungan and possibly Papuan)
Amerind (everything except Inuit-Aleut and Na-Dene)
Indo-Tyrrhenian (proposed by Glen Gordon; includes Indo-European,
Etruscan and what not)

Nostratic and to a lesser extent Sino-Caucasian (see Sergei Starostin's
Babel project) have been defended with strong arguments, which of
course still fail to avoid controversy.


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