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A hypothetical phylum of languages of which the principal members are the Indo-European, Semitic, Altaic, and Dravidian families.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Relating to the Nostratic language phylum.
- ‘Polish belongs to the west Slavic group of languages of the Indo-European language family, which in turn is part of the Nostratic macrofamily.’
1960s: from German nostratisch, based on Latin nostras, nostrat- ‘of our country’.
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