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.
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Translations
isolaattikieli
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This book is an invaluable addition to the textual materials available on Burushaski, a language spoken in Hunza and Yasin (Pakistan, Northern Areas), which is still regarded as a linguistic isolate. There are two main dialects of Burushaski: Hunza, with a sub-variety spoken in Nager, and Yasin.