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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.
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(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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A concomitant reference to to the number of the objects in the verbal forms (in Mordvin, Ob-Ugric and Northern Samoyedic) as well as to a person of the object (in Mordvin and partly in Hungarian) occurs first of all in Northern-Siberian languages, in a number of Paleosiberian languages, among them (see Pusztay 1995 : 91-93).
Undoubtedly, it is an extensive areal phenomenon, as a general rule, represented in Uralic languages the stronger the more eastern, closer ones to Paleosiberian languages we have in mind (reference to the person of an object in verbal forms occurs also in Basque, some Caucasian languages and Amerindian languages--see Tauli 1966 : 169).
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).