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Why is Korean considered a language isolate?

Remember "isolate" doesn't mean "shown to be unrelated to any other language". It means "not shown to be related to any other language" (in a sufficiently convincing manner to establish a consensus). ...
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Can we make a case for Eurasiatic numerals for one and two?

Definitely not. Two words only aren't enough to establish any kind of relationship. The best you can do with it is to use them as seeds for possible sound relations and look of regular sound laws ...
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Japanese is in its own lingustic family, but it sure seems to have a lot in common with Turkish

Japanese and Turkish are structurally similar, if you compare them to English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Arabic. They are somewhat more like Arabic, but I am guessing that you don't speak Arabic so you ...
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Why is Ural-Altaic controversial, but Indo-European isn't?

For Indogermanic, there are ample word correspondences and regular sound laws allowing the reconstruction of a proto-language (at two levels, one before and one after the split of the Anatolic branch ...
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What are arguments for and against a common origin of Korean and Japanese?

A common origin for two languages is a concept that has been proposed and theoretically grounded within the comparative method invented at the beginning of the 19th cent. by Rask, Bopp and Grimm. Two ...
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Words for tongue in Tungusic

Your question contains a wrong assumption. You take for granted that Evenki čoolii 'tongue' is considered a descendant of PTg *xilŋü 'tongue' together with its synonym inńi, but this is not the case. ...
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was old Mongolic similar to old Turkic

For Turkish and Mongolian the situation is similar to the case of Mongolian and Tungusic asked in a prior question: To our best current knowledge, there is no provable genetic relationship.
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Can Tungusic and Mongolic be a language family that has same root

Many people before were intrigued by the same question but the current consensus seems to be that Manchu-Tungus and Mongolian are independent language families for which no common root can be ...
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Why is Korean considered a language isolate?

My mother tongue is Chinese and I speak neither Japanese nor Korean yet I don't think they really sound close. I will definitely not mistake Japanese speakers as speaking Korean. It's very easy for "...
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Why is Korean considered a language isolate?

The Altaic hypothesis is far from dismissed. There are publications out there regarding the Altaic family and there are still voices within major institutions (e.g. Brill) speaking of it. Wikipedia as ...
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