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Sino-Caucasian and Sino-Yeniseian
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Sino-Caucasian is the name of a putative linguistic “superfamily” that is assumed to have been descended from a single proto-language of remote antiquity. This superfamily groups Sino-Tibetan (and, consequently, Chinese) languages together with several other linguistic families of Eurasia, most notably, North Caucasian, represented by two branches, Northeast and North­west Caucasian, the genetic relationship between which is not universally accepted (Pereltsvaig 2013:64), and Yeniseian (a small …

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George STAROSTIN, “Sino-Caucasian and Sino-Yeniseian”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000216>
First published online: 2015

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