Notes on the Typological Prehistory of Ghilyak

  title={Notes on the Typological Prehistory of Ghilyak},
  author={Ekaterina Gruzdeva and Juha Antero Janhunen},
This paper discusses the typological evolution of Ghilyak (Nivkh), a small “Palaeo-Asiatic” language family also known as Amuric, distributed in the Amur-Sakhalin region of the Russian Far East. In some respects, especially in the phonology, morphophonology, and phonotactics, Ghilyak shows features absent in the other languages of the region, most of which represent the so-called “Altaic” areal-typological complex. At the same time, Ghilyak shares with its neighbours several “Altaic” features… 



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