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Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Altaic



THE ALTAIC HYPOTHESIS holds that there is an Altaic language family which consists minimally of the following branches: Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic. These languages are of the SOV type, are agglutinative and share morphological harmony.
--Reinhard F. Hahn, LINGUIST 5.908


ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE HYPOTHESIS are mostly based upon criteria used in Indo-European research. The main weaknesses of the AH as alleged by the anti-Altaicists are:

--Reinhard F. Hahn, LINGUIST 5.908



LINGUIST DISCUSSION ON ALTAIC

LINGUIST DISCUSSION ON THE COMPARATIVE METHOD