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Isolated language as null hypotheses?

It's not at all clear what the term "language isolate" means: one could think it means that the language is not related to any other known language. People mistakenly say "not related" when they mean "...
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Is the Fifa'a language of Saudi Arabia a dialect of Arabic or a separate language?

The Fayfa dialect is certainly not Mahri or even remotely related to it. Mahri is spoken hundreds of miles away in the far eastern regions of Yemen and the neighboring parts of Oman (along with a few ...
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Isolated language as null hypotheses?

A more complete argument would read: We compared Basque to the Indogermanic, Semitic, Finno-Ugric, and the Caucasian language families as well as to the Etrucsan language and found no provable ...
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What happened to this isolate language of China?

I think the language is Wutun as suggested by Michaelyus in the comments. It was classified as isolate back in the 1970ies, but is now considered a Chinese–Tibetan–Mongolian Creole. Features matching ...
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Are there other pairs of languages that are as close grammatically despite not being in the same language family as Korean and Japanese?

A sort-of example is English and French (or English-Spanish or English-Italian, ...) This isn't a truly valid example because they're both Indo-European languages. But the Germanic and Romance ...
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