Ye-Maek language

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Yemaek, Maek
Region Manchuria, eastern northern Korea
Ethnicity Yemaek
Extinct 100 BCE?
Koreanic ?
  • Ye-Maek
Language codes
ISO 639-3 hmk
Linguist list
Glottolog None

Ye-Maek(예맥어), also known as Yemaek and Maek, is an unclassified and arguably unattested language of Manchuria and eastern Korea north of Silla in the last few centuries BCE.

The Yemaek people had historical ties to later Korean kingdoms and may have been ancestral to several, such as Gojoseon; the Ye of Yemaek are reported to have been a synonym for Buyeo, and the Maek for Goguryeo. Their language may have been one of, or ancestral to, the Buyeo languages.

Evidence for the language is limited to toponyms, and its existence is questionable. Attempts at recovering Yemaek words from toponyms in the Samguk Sagi historical record are disputed.[1]