Definition of Nostratic in English:

Nostratic

Line breaks: Nos|trat¦ic
Pronunciation: /nɒˈstratɪk
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A hypothetical phylum of languages of which the principal members are the Indo-European, Semitic, Altaic, and Dravidian families.
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    • The impression that most readers will be left with is that Eurasiatic, Nostratic, and ‘New Guinea’ are established language families and that Nostratic, Sino-Tibetan, and ‘New Guinea’ are known to be related.
    • The material focuses on the quest for the linguists' holy grail - Nostratic - a hypothetical tongue that some maintain was once the universal spoken language.
    • This superfamily, called Dene-Caucasian, was probably used throughout Eurasia before either Nostratic, or Eurasiatic, spread.

adjective

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  • Relating to Nostratic.
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    • Polish belongs to the west Slavic group of languages of the Indo-European language family, which in turn is part of the Nostratic macrofamily.

Origin

1960s: from German nostratisch, based on Latin nostras, nostrat- 'of our country'.

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