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Is there any language which is a hybrid of two different language groups? A hybrid of Indo-European and Afro-Asiatic languages, or, a hybrid of Altaic and Afro-Asiatic languages?
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Jackson6612Is this so tough...?

Yes! Emotion: smile

I've been mulling this over.

There is an influence from Buddhism which carried words between languages in an area from Greece through Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, India to China, Tibet, Thailand, Korea and Japan. This has left a Greek influence in its wake, but I can't find anything in the academic literature to suggest that any language in that area might be a hybrid. It is more a case that the various languages have adopted Greek words and modified them.

The place to look for such an Altaic-Afro-Asiatic hybrid would be the Pacific. Perhaps such a hybrid may evolve, or may already have evolved in the Fijian Islands.
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=Fiji

Wikipedia articles that may be of interest:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_in_Central_Asia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalmyk_people#Language

Other than English, language history is not my area. My focus is on how language works, how children learn to talk, and how we use language to exchange ideas in all languages.

I hope this has been of some help to you. Emotion: smile
Jackson:
I have recently finished a short course of study on the subject of historical linguistics.

There are arguments both pro and con on the thesis of a single human proto-language, and I assume this will never be known for sure. One key question is: When in human history, did the first language develop? There are many well-developed theories on the mechanisms of language change - semantically as well as syntactically. As humans migrated, generations lived and died, their languages evolved, diverged and died out. Even Aristotle recognized that his Greek was different than Homer's Greek, and analyzed the changes!

The existence of proto-indo European is well accepted by the experts. The details are still debated, of course, but it is estimated to have been living some 10,000 years ago.

The history of an individual contemporary language is difficult to trace if it is not written, and the great majority of languages are not written. There are an estimated 5000 languages in the world today, and only a very small percentage of these are written. They are also going extinct at a very rapid pace.
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