Nostratic: Examining a Linguistic Macrofamily

Nostratic: Examining a Linguistic Macrofamily

by A. Colin Renfrew
     
 

This volume of essays examines the claim that a linguistic macrofamily can be identified which includes not only the Indo-European and Afroasiatic language families but also the Kartvelian, Uralic,Altaic and Dravidian families. The Nostratic case was put by Aharon Dolgopolsky in his The Nostratic Macrofamily and Linguitic Palaeontology , and it is here evaluated

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This volume of essays examines the claim that a linguistic macrofamily can be identified which includes not only the Indo-European and Afroasiatic language families but also the Kartvelian, Uralic,Altaic and Dravidian families. The Nostratic case was put by Aharon Dolgopolsky in his The Nostratic Macrofamily and Linguitic Palaeontology , and it is here evaluated critically by linguists specialising in the language families concerned. Contents include: The Nostratic Macrofamily (A. Bomhard); Nostratic Languages: Internal and External Relationship (V. Shevoroshkin); Beyond Nostratic in Time and Space (G. Decsy); Nostratic and Linguistic Palaeontology in Methodological Perspective (L. Campbell); Family Trees and Favourite Daughters (A. McMahon, M. Lohr & R. McMahon); Linguistis Palaeontology: For and Against (I. Hegedus); Afroasiatic and the Nostratic Hypothesis (D. Appleyard); The Dravidian Perspective (K. Zvelebil); Altaic Evidence for Nostratic (A. Vovin); On Semitohamitic Comparison (R. Voight); Toward a Future History of Macrofamily Research (D. Sinor).

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Twenty papers from a July 1998 conference in Cambridge, England, present evidence for a prehistoric family of languages that is hypothesized to encompass Indo-European, Afroasiatic, Kartvelian, Uralic, Altaic, and Dravidian. Some advocate the theory and others challenge it. No consensus was reached and the controversy continues. They discuss the composition and reconstruction of Nostratic, methodology, and views from daughter families. They are not indexed. Distributed in the US by David Brown Book Co. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781902937007
Publisher:
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Series:
Papers In The Prehistory Of Languages Series
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)

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