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Of or relating to a grouping of mostly unrelated languages and language isolates, including Chukchi and Yukaghir, spoken primarily in Siberia.
The Paleosiberian languages.


(ˌpeɪ li oʊ saɪˈbɪər i ən; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-)

1. a group of languages and language families of Siberia that have no close affiliation with each other or with Indo-European, Altaic, Uralic, or Eskimo-Aleut languages.
2. a speaker of a Paleosiberian language.
3. of or pertaining to Paleosiberian or its speakers.
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Discrimination of indefinite and definite conjugations is a phenomenon that is inherent to the whole of Northern Siberia and, besides Uralic languages occurs in Yukaghir and in many Paleosiberian languages--Yenissey, Eskimo-Aleutic and Chukotka-Kamchatkan language groups (see Pusztay 1995 : 89-91; cf.
For students and scholars of linguistic typology and historical linguistics, and specialists in Paleosiberian language studies.
Namely, its possible equivalents in a number of Altaic and Paleosiberian languages are also front-vocal (see [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 1971 : 17, 264-265; Collinder 1977 : 73; Poppe 1977 : 222; Bomhard, Kerns 1994 : 580-581; Greenberg 2000 : 214-217; Marcantonio 2002 : 239; Klesment, Kunnap, Soosaar, Taagepera 2003 : 378).