Eskimo–Uralic languages

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Arctic coast
Linguistic classification Proposed language family
Glottolog None

The Eskimo–Uralic hypothesis posits that the Uralic and Eskimo–Aleut language families belong to a common language family of which they are the two branches. Although substantial arguments for the hypothesis have been made, it is not generally accepted by linguists. The best-known advocate of the Eskimo–Uralic hypothesis is Knut Bergsland. The hypothesis dates back to the pioneering Danish linguist Rasmus Rask in 1818, upon noticing similarities between Greenlandic Eskimo and Finnish.


  • Bergsland, Knut. 1959. "The Eskimo–Uralic hypothesis." Journal de la Societé finno-ougrienne 61, 1-29.
  • Seefloth, Uwe. 2000. "Die Entstehung polypersonaler Paradigmen im Uralo-Sibirischen." Zentralasiatische Studien 30, 163-191.

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