Telling general linguists about Altaic

  title={Telling general linguists about Altaic},
  author={Stefan Georg and Peter A. Michalove and Alexis Manaster Ramer and Paul Sidwell},
  journal={Journal of Linguistics},
  pages={65 - 98}
The hypothesis of an Altaic language family, comprising the Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, Korean and, in most recent versions, Japanese languages continues to be a viable linguistic proposal, despite various published claims that it is no longer accepted. A strong body of research continues to appear, developing and refining the hypothesis, along with publications that argue against a demonstrated relationship among these languages. This paper shows that many of the arguments against a genetic… 

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