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Nostratic theory language families' set of logos:

from left to right:
1: Uralic 2: Altaic 3: [Elamo-]Dravidian
4: Indo-European 5: Kartvelian 6: Afroasiatic

explanations, inspirations:

Uralic - double cross from the coa of Hungary combined with the Nordic cross from the flag of Finland forming a schematic emblem similar to emblems of other Finno-Ugric nations
a) Samoyedic: horns from the flag of Nenets Autonomous Okrug
b) Ugric: Hungarian double cross and a crown from the flag of Khanty-Mansi AO
c) Sami: sun from the Sami flag
d) Balto-Finnic: Nordic cross from the flag of Finland combined with a wave symbolizing Baltic sea
e) three extinct F-U languages of unknown affiliation: Merya, Muromian and Meshcherian: three crosses / X's
f) Mordvinic: solar symbol from the flag of Mordovia
g) Mari: symbol based on the one on the flag of Mari El
h) Permic: lunar[!] symbol from the flag of Udmurtia

Altaic [?] - crescent and a star from the flag of Turkey forming nearly a sun from the flag of Japan and orientated as it was a part of the Soyombo symbol from the flag of Mongolia
a) Turkic: crescent moon and a star from the flag of Turkey and other Turkic nations
b) Mongolic: part of the Soyombo symbol from the flag of Mongolia [especially from the flag of the Mongolian People's Republic (1921-1924)]
c) Tungusic: based on the coa of Manchukuo
d) Korean: stylized yin-yang from the flag of Korean Empire
e) Japonic: sun from the flag of Japan

[Elamo-?]Dravidian - southern part of Indian peninsula with two dots indicating Sri Lanka island and Brahui language in Pakistan
a) Elamite: "la" symbol from the Old Elamite script
b) Harappan [?]: a fish symbol from the Indus script
c) Northern Dravidian: combined Arabic script ب [b] for Brahui and Devanagari script कु [ku] for Kurukh
d) Central Dravidian: combined Telugu script తె [te] for Telugu and Oriya script [kho] for Khonds
e) Southern Dravidian: combined Tamil script த [ta] for Tamil and Malayalam script മ [ma] for Malayalam

Indo-European - stars from the flag of Europe and Ashoka Chakra from the flag of India
a) Armenian: rainbow from above the Noah's ark from the coa of Armenia
b) Hellenic: Greek cross from the coa and flag of Greece
c) Albanian: double-headed eagle from the flag of Albania
d) Italic languages: Latin cross
e) Celtic languages: Celtic cross
f) Germanic languages: Nordic cross from Scandinavian flags
g) Baltic: three waves for the Baltic sea
h) Slavic: East Orthodox cross combined with the Western Latin cross and the "az" letter from the Glagolitic alphabet
i) Iranian: faravahar
j) Indo-Aryan and other Indo-Iranian languages: Ashoka Chakra
k) Tocharian: "cha" letter form the Tocharian script
l) Anatolian: Hittite sun disk

South Caucasian [Karvelian] - the grapevine cross - aka the Georgian cross or Saint Nino's cross
a) Karto-Zan: combined Georgian Mkhedruli script ქ [kh] for Kartvelian and ზ [z] for Zan
b) Svan: ლ [l] for the endonym of the language

Afroasiatic - a piramide
a) Berber: Tifinagh letter "yaz" from the Berber flag
b) Chadic: "cha" letter from the Hausa alphabet
c) Cushitic [and Omotic]: tree from the Oromo flag
d) Egyptian: Coptic letter "ḏanḏia" from Demotic
e) Semitic: Old Phoenician letter "aleph"

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Ognimdo2002's avatar
Borean Languages symbols please, pet me know what the Borean Languages separately from Caucasian Navajo Austronesian (Dene-Daic) and Nostratic.
VivecJP's avatar
japanese is not altaic.....
... foreigeners start learning japanese history and culture or stop speaking about us.

we are not altaic people. we have ne genetically connection to altaic or central-asians.
we are mix of Jomon and Yayoi. Jomon are from south-east-asia and Yayoi from yangze-river.

japanese language is japonic and isolated, but with connections to the austronesian family.
Phonology of japanese is similar to austronesian/polynesian.
There is not common native vocabulary between japanese and altaic,
Japanese words can not end with M. altaic words often end with M.......
varpho's avatar
Japanese language is sometimes classified as Altaic. this theory isn't accepted widely, but hey, we are commenting under the deviation titled "nostratic", and the Nostratic family is even less probable. :)

anyway, there is some common native vocabulary between Japanese and Altaic.

and phonological differences don't have to exclude the possibility of affinity.

but here i just wanted to make logos for particular language families here, not to prove their existence. :)
VivecJP's avatar
this words are not classificated as original native japanese. japanese scientists clearly say there are no native words between altaic and japanese.
only chinese loanwords or other loanwords from nivkhs are sometimes similar.

there are much more similar words with austronesian family. and japanese words can not end with "M". altaic words do often end with M.

japanese: anata // indonesian: anda   (you)
japanese: suki   // indonesian: suka    (to like)
japanese: sakana // indonesian: ikana / ikan   (fish)
japanese: moya // indonesian/javanese: maya   (cloud/haze)
japanese: namae // indonesian: nama   (name)
japanese: wakarimasu-ka? // indonesian: mengerti-ka?   (understand)

japanese: hi // maori: ahi    (fire)
japanese: inoru // maori: inoi   (pray/to pray)
japanese: neko // maori: negeru


much morea, but i have not much time....

today linguists say japanese is japonic and isolated, with no relation to altaic. DNA and Genetic tests support that. we have no genetically connection to altaic people. also the fact that Jomon people came from south-east-asia support the austronesian theory, and the fact that many japanese are sunadonty. 

there are even japanese linguists that say old-japonic was a para-austronesian language that splitt early from proto-austronesian.

"but here i just wanted to make logos for particular language families here, not to prove their existence. :) (Smile)" yes, i understand
varpho's avatar
thanks for these etymologies!
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thanks for faving!
LycianSage's avatar
Afroasiatic isn't included in the Nostratic. Only Semitist do include themselves in.
varpho's avatar
ok, so it is included. only by Semitists, but it is. ;)

anyway, my main aim was to design symbols for these linguistics families.
Lemniskate's avatar
Hiszel ebben vagy nem?
varpho's avatar
nem vagyok biztos, mert nem ismerem eléggé ezeket a nyelveket, a nyelvtanaikat és a szókészleteiket... de inkább igen.
Lemniskate's avatar
Hát jó. Én nem hiszek benne.
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