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Definition of the noun Macrofamily

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  1. [linguistics] A grouping of two or more language families that share some relationship


Macrofamily: In historical linguistics, a macro-family, also called a superfamily or phylum, is defined as a proposed genetic relationship grouping together language families in a larger scale classification. However, Campbell regards this term as superfluous, preferring language family for those classifications for which there are consensus and distant genetic relationship for those that are not, or not yet, generally accepted, whether due to lack of documentation or scholarship of the constituent languages, or to an estimated time depth thought by many linguists to be too great for reconstruction.

  • also known as 總語系

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Macrofamily

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Google previewThe Handbook of Language Contact (2013)

by Raymond Hickey

Macrofamily refers to hypothetical or debated older groupings posited by comparing proven families; as will become clear below, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Linguistics (2013)

by Philipp Strazny

Nostratic as a linguistic macrofamily. Nostratic: examining a linguistic macrofamily, Colin Renfrew and Daniel Nettle.

Google previewThe Dictionary of Historical and Comparative Linguistics (2000)

by Robert Lawrence Trask

The Nostratic Macrofamily: A Study in Distant Linguistic Relationship. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Bonfante, Giulio and Larissa Bonfante. 1983. The Etruscan Language: An Introduction. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Breivik, Leiv ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the World's Endangered Languages (2008)

by Christopher Moseley

Anotheralleged macrofamily, typicallyincluded in overall classifications, often even without a question mark, is,of course, 'Altaic', consisting of Turkic, Mongolic and Tungusic, and extendingto Korean and Japanese inmore extremeversions.

Google previewIndo-European and its closest relatives. 2. Lexicon (2000)

by Joseph Harold Greenberg

The Nostratic Macrofamily and Linguistic Palaeontology. Cambridge, Eng.: The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Ehret, Christopher. 1995. Reconstructing Proto- A froasiatic (Proto- Afrasian): Vowels, Tone, Consonants and ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World (2010)

The Nostratic macrofamily and linguistic paleontology. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Greenberg J H ( 1987).

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2003)

The Nostratic macrofamily and linguistic paleontology. Cambridge, UK: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Google previewDictionary of All Scriptures and Myths (2012)

A Classic Reference Guide to the Sacred Language of the Religions of the World by G. A. Gaskell


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