Nostratic

[nɒ'stratɪk]
adjective relating to or denoting a hypothetical phylum of languages including the Indo-European, Semitic, Altaic, and Dravidian families.
Origin
1960s: from Ger. nostratisch, based on L. nostras, nostrat- 'of our country'.

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  • Nostratic — [nä strat′ik] adj. designating or of a proposed language superfamily that includes the Indo European, Afroasiatic, Dravidian, Uralic, and Altaic families n. this superfamily of languages * * * Nos·trat·ic (nə strătʹĭk) n. A hypothetical language… …   Universalium

  • Nostratic — (adj.) 1966 (Nostratian is from 1931), from L. nostras our countrymen …   Etymology dictionary

  • Nostratic — [nä strat′ik] adj. designating or of a proposed language superfamily that includes the Indo European, Afroasiatic, Dravidian, Uralic, and Altaic families n. this superfamily of languages …   English World dictionary

  • Nostratic — noun 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 …   Wiktionary

  • nostratic — nos·trat·ic …   English syllables

  • Nostratic — Nos•trat•ic [[t]nɒˈstræt ɪk[/t]] n. peo a proposed family of languages comprising the Indo European, Afroasiatic, Uralic, and Dravidian families, as well as the Altaic languages and the family of indigenous Caucasian languages that includes… …   From formal English to slang

  • Nostratic — /nɒsˈtrætɪk/ (say nos tratik) noun a proposed parent language comprising the Indo European, Uralic, Altaic, Dravidian, and Afro Asiatic families. {German nostratisch, from Latin nostrātis of our language} –Nostraticist, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • nostratic — nȯˈstrad.ik, nä , nə , atik noun ( s) Usage: capitalized Etymology: modification of Danish nostratisk, from Latin nostrat , nostras native, of our people (from noster our) + Danish isk ish more at nostrum : a hypothesized family of languages… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nostratic languages — Nostratic (controversial) Geographic distribution: Europe, Asia except for the southeast, North and Northeast Africa, the Arctic Linguistic classification: Borean (?) …   Wikipedia

  • Nostratic hypothesis — Proposal of an overarching northern Eurasian language family, still of uncertain validity. Holger Pedersen was the first to suggest that the Indo European, Uralic, Altaic, Afroasiatic, and other language families might belong in one broad… …   Universalium

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