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Title: Nostratic Dictionary
Written By: Aharon Dolgopolsky
Series Title: Papers in the Prehistory of Languages

The concept of the language family, as a group of genetically related
languages, has been well established in historical linguistics for more
than two hundred years. But the notion of the macrofamily, a larger unit,
comprising several language families with all their daughter languages, is
a much more recent one. The Nostratic macrofamily, comprising many of the
principal language families of Eurasia and North Africa has been most
vigorously championed by the eminent Russian-born linguist Aharon
Dolgopolsky.The appearance of the Nostratic Dictionary represents an
important moment in Nostratic studies, for the first time presenting a
sufficient body of evidence to permit the evaluation by linguists of the
status of the proposed Nostratic macrofamily, and by implication of other
macrofamilies also.

The McDonald Institute is proud to publish this work, recognising the
highly significant impact which the general acceptance by historical
linguists of the Nostratic macrofamily would have upon the whole study of
the prehistory of languages and for the potential investigation, by
archaeological means, of the social contexts in which early languages and
proto-languages were spoken. It does so as a further contribution to the
ongoing debate on the complex relationships between archaeology and language.

This is a preliminary publication of work by the author up to November 2006
without final correction of the proofs. It will continue to be updated as
and when amendments become available. The publication and its updates are
accessible on-line at The
work can be supplied as CD if required.

Published in the McDonald Institute’s series Studies in the Prehistory of

Preface by Professor Lord Colin Renfrew
Introduction by Professor Aharon Dolgopolsy
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Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781912937441