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Maybe this article might better get integrated into "Isolated language"? G Purevdorj (talk) 13:39, 2 June 2009 (UTC)


Shouldn't Pictish be considered an unclassified language? Kashikom (talk) 20:44, 26 June 2011 (UTC)

Perhaps. But most now seem to believe it was Celtic. — kwami (talk) 20:58, 15 October 2011 (UTC)


Where is Basque? I thought it was an unclassified language. --Catalaalatac (talk) 15:55, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Language isolate. — kwami (talk) 20:56, 15 October 2011 (UTC)


What do the crosses (†) after some language names mean? —Mr. Granger (talk · contribs) 01:32, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Extinct. — kwami (talk) 20:05, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

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A few languages I'm surprised aren't list: Kassite, Sicani, Elymian, and Nuragic.

The article mentions "Cypro-Minoan", however this is the name of a writing system and not a language. Here's a quick run-down on those early scripts and unclassified languages of Crete and Cyprus: Two undeciphered writing systems were used in ancient Crete, Cretan hieroglyphs and Linear A. The unknown language written in those two scripts is called "Minoan" by scholars. Linear A evolved into two later writing systems, Linear B and the Cypro-Minoan syllabary (henceforth CM). Linear B was used to write Mycenaean Greek, which obviously is a classified language. CM on the other hand is undeciphered, but it gave rise to the Cypriot syllabary. The Cypriot syllabary was mainly used to write Greek, but one inscription evidences an unknown and unclassified language which scholars call "Eteocypriot". Thus the language that CM was used for is assumed to have either been Eteocypriot or Minoan, but we don't really know. Later an unknown language from Crete was written in the Greek alphabet, which scholars call "Eteocretan." So for unclassified languages on these two islands we have Minoan (written in Linear A and Cretan hieroglyphs), Eteocypriot (written in the Cypriot syllabary), and Eteocretan (written in the Greek alphabet), with CM being a transitional script between Linear A and the Cypriot syllabary whose language is unknown. I suggest adding Minoan, Eteocypriot, and Eteocretan to the list, and possibly removing Cypro-Minoan (which again is a writing system and not necessarily a distinct language). [All this information is on the respective Wikipedia articles for those scripts and languages, if you want to check that out.]

Kester Nethlo (talk) 02:43, 8 September 2016 (UTC)