American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- From German nostratisch. (Wiktionary)
- Danish nostratisk, from Latin nostrās, nostrāt-, belonging to our country or people, from noster, our, ours; see nes-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“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.”
“They have an online article called The Nostratic linguistic macrofamily by Ilya Yakubovich of the University of California.”
“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.”
“Regarding Bomhard's general reconstruction of Proto-Nostratic, I believe that many of these "Nostratic" roots are not genuine.”
“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.”
“I am finding all kinds of echoes of Tolkien’s languages in Nostratic.”
“ 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, [...]”
“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.”
“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.”
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