Also found in: Wikipedia.


(Linguistics) denoting a discredited grouping of languages that postulated a relationship between Basque, Etruscan, and Georgian among others
[C19: from New Latin Japheti descendants of Japheth + -ic]


(dʒəˈfɛt ɪk)

of or descended from Japheth.
References in periodicals archive ?
In the most ancient periods the group works in connection with [Nikolai Marr's] Japhetic Theory.
Petersburg, On the Relationship of Abkhaz to Japhetic Languages, with Marr's introduction, in which he claimed the existence of Japhetic elements in the Abkhaz language, and that it predated the Georgian language.
Marr therefore suggested that the negative impact of the "survivals" could be overcome through their scholarly study with the help of his Japhetic theory, rather than through eradication.
The lack of an established literary tradition in the vernacular until the 1920s was pronounced a major strength of the Abkhazians, which aided the preservation of their unique prehistoric Japhetic past and enhanced their ability to make rapid cultural leaps at present and in future.
God's providence allowed "a downward deviation from a stock coincident with the best Shemitic or Japhetic, to the lowest negro" that even under the best paternal care might not be restored.
It is sometimes called the Indo - European, sometimes the Indo - Germanic, and sometimes the Japhetic.
Georgian, Marr claimed, was the modern language most closely related to the primordial Japhetic tongue.
Academics struggled to reconcile conflicts between the mandates of Stalinist nationality theory, which established the ethnic and cultural specificity of diverse socialist peoples, and an equally mandatory Marrism--itself internally riven by Japhetic Theory, which explained languages as ethnographic phenomena, and a New Theory of Language that explained them as universal products of class differentiation.