- Karasuk languages
Karasuk is a
language familyproposed by George van Driem[ [http://www.semioticon.com/people/vanDriem.htm website about George van Driem] ] of the University of Leidenthat links the Yeniseian languagesof central Siberia with the Burushaski languageof northern Pakistan.
The family is named after the
Karasuk culture, which existed in Central Asiaduring the Bronze Agein second millennium BCE. Van Driem postulates the Burushopeople took part in the Indo-Aryan migrationout of Central Asia that resulted in the Indo-European conquest of the Indian sub-continent, while other Karasuk peoples migrated northwards to become the Yenisei. These claims have recently been picked up by linguist [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/roger_blench/RBOP.htm Roger Blench] .Fact|date=February 2007
However, in 2008 Yeniseian was demonstrated to be related to the
Na-Dene languagesof North America. (See Dene-Yeniseian.) The regular morphological correspondences between Na-Dene and Yeniseian are not found in Burushaski.
Although van Driem apparently does not endorse the Dené-Caucasian proposal, which traditionally includes both Yeniseian and Burushaski, his Karasuk proposal will need to be considered when evaluating such claims.
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