language isolate

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language isolate

n.
A language that has no known linguistic affiliation with any other language, such as Basque or Tarascan.
Translations
isolaattikieli
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Here, the authors also define the basic linguistic terminology that they discuss (diglossia, isolate languages, language stocks, genetic classification, typological classification, word order variation) in a way that is very accessible to the non-linguist.