from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hypothetical language proposed as the parent language of Afro-Asiatic, Altaic, Dravidian, Indo-European, Kartvelian, Uralic-Yukaghir, and perhaps other language families.

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  • proper n. A conjectural and not widely accepted grouping of languages including the Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, Chukchi-Kamchatkan, Eskimo-Aleut, Dravidian, Elamite, Sumerian, Kartvelian, and Afro-Asiatic languages, and less commonly including the Aegean and Ainu languages as well.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Danish nostratisk, from Latin nostrās, nostrāt-, belonging to our country or people, from noster, our, ours; see nes-2 in Indo-European roots.

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From German nostratisch.


  • The last Nostratic forum moderated by Andy Howey called Nostratic-L was what must have been the third in a line of groups in which I had tried to participate on the subject, devoted to Nostratic.

    Nostratic and the curse of the online forum

  • In my blog entry entitled Nostratic and the curse of the online forum, I had merely explained that the topic of Nostratic Theory is bogged down by its own controversies and how online forums that serve to represent it need the maturity to strive continuously to cultivate balanced debate.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • They have an online article called The Nostratic linguistic macrofamily by Ilya Yakubovich of the University of California.

    What is Nostratic Theory?

  • Even from a Nostratic point of view, it's nonsense because PIE is likely to be closer to Uralic and Altaic than any other language group identified as 'Nostratic' and yet their respective protolanguages are securely placed to the north and east of the Black Sea.

    A modification of Indo-Aegean, plus some new grammatical ideas on Minoan

  • Regarding Bomhard's general reconstruction of Proto-Nostratic, I believe that many of these "Nostratic" roots are not genuine.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Sadly, if you want a serious discussion and inspection of "long-range reconstruction" of any of the hypothesized proto-languages, such as Nostratic, you're probably going to have to wait a few centuries when an intellectual renaissance finally happens.

    Nostratic and the curse of the online forum

  • I am finding all kinds of echoes of Tolkien’s languages in Nostratic.

    We’re foot — slog — slog — slog — sloggin’ over Languages

  • [2] Bomhard/Kerns, The Nostratic macrofamily: A study in distant linguistic relationship (1994), p.161 (see link): Thus, in a consistent SOV language, an attributive adjective or a genitive precedes its 'head' noun, an adverb precedes its adjective or verb, a noun precedes its case ending or postposition, [...]

    Etruscan syntactic inversion

  • I suspect that fear of looking like a loony Nostratacist though I am a sympathizer of the concept of Nostratic like you or some similar crackpottery makes professional scholars fearful of taking up the challenge.

    The Minoan name for Minoa

  • Almost two years ago, I had talked about stages of Pre-IE with subjective-objective contrast which was in turn inspired by Allan Bomhard's words on Pre-IE in his idea-packed book, Indo-European and the Nostratic Hypothesis 1996.

    Archive 2009-08-01


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