The database of so-called "Borean" etymologies includes entries of various reliability - possible etymological matches between Eurasiatic, Afroasiatic, Sino-Caucasian and Austric, the four major macrofamilies of the Old World; potential parallels from Amerind and several African families have also been added, giving the database a distinctly "global" nature.

NOTE: These are not etymologies in the usual sense of the word: it is still much too premature to talk about the reconstruction of "Proto-Borean" and about regular phonetic correspondences between the respective macrofamilies. However, for each of the four subbranches we already possess at least preliminary reconstructions, and the entries in globet may be used for regular comparative purposes - establishing phonetic correspondences and reconstruction - by future researchers. Authorship of the "etymologies" is mixed; some have been taken from the works of M. Ruhlen and J. Bengtson, a large part of the others belongs to S. A. Starostin. Consult the bibliographic references for more details.
Sidenote: Some of the entries do not really represent "global etymologies" in any sense of the word, as they include only one entry from a certain family. Such entries are, however, strictly limited to 100-wordlist entities and are included for methodological and technical reasons.

Database structure:

1. Borean: the approximate "consonantal skeleton" shared by the compared forms. Not to be confounded with an actual reconstruction or even an attempt of one. Transcriptional conventions are more or less self-evident (C stands for any affricate, T for any dental, K for velars, etc.).
2. Meaning: the approximate semantics.
3. Eurasiatic: the tentatively reconstructed Eurasiatic (= Nostratic) form, linking to the general Nostratic database.
4. Afroasiatic: the tentative parallel in Proto-Afroasiatic, leading to the database by A. Yu. Militarev and O. V. Stolbova.
5. Sino-Caucasian: the tentative parallel in Sino-Caucasian, leading to S. A. Starostin's comparative database.
6. Austric: the tentative parallel in Austric, leading to I. Peiros' and S. A. Starostin's Austric database (with provisional reconstructions by both authors).
7. Amerind (misc.): various forms in Amerind languages that may or not may be related, usually extracted from Merritt Ruhlen's unpublished comparative dictionary.
8. African (misc.): various forms from African families, most notably Proto-Bantu (taken from M. Guthrie's reconstructions) and Khoisan (from G. Starostin's databases).
9. Notes: Comments of various nature.
10. Reference: List of references.


Alt. - (Proto)-Altaic; Amer. - Amerind; Ar. - Arabic; Berb. - Berber; Chad. - Chadic; Cush. - Cushitic; EChad. - East Chadic; Eg. - Egyptian; (P)FU - Proto-Fenno-Ugric; (P)NC - (Proto)-North Caucasian; Omot. - Omotic; PAA - Proto-Austro-Asiatic; PAN - Proto-Austronesian; Sem. - Semitic; ST - Sino-Tibetan; Ur. - (Proto-)Uralic; Yen. - Yenisseian. For occasionally found specific abbreviations of language names please consult the corresponding databases.