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ERIC Number: ED379944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Pages: 82
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Indo-European and the Nostratic Hypothesis: History of Research, Current Trends, and Future Prospects.
Bomhard, Allan R.
A discussion of Indo-European languages proposes that this language family is not genetically isolated but is distantly related to certain other language families of northern and central Eurasia, the Indian subcontinent, and the ancient Near East. The history of research into this macrofamily of languages, termed Nostratic, is reviewed, with notes on methodology, theory, and evidence gathered to date. Salient characteristics of Indo-European (laryngeals, root structure patterning, verb morphology, noun morphology, vowel-gradation, consonant patterns) are outlined, then examined in relation to other Nostratic languages. The probable homeland and dispersal of the Nostratic languages are considered, with comparisons made between languages within the family, with reference to previous research in the field. It is concluded that it is no longer reasonable to assume that Indo-European is a language isolate. Further research is recommended both at the level of Proto-Nostratic and within each daughter language. A substantial bibliography is included (201 items), and maps and charts illustrating phonological and morphological correspondences between languages are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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