Archaeology and Language: The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins

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CUP Archive, 26 jan. 1990 - 346 pagina's
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In this book Colin Renfrew directs remarkable new light on the links between archaeology and language, looking specifically at the puzzling similarities that are apparent across the Indo-European family of ancient languages, from Anatolia and Ancient Persia, across Europe and the Indian subcontinent, to regions as remote as Sinkiang in China. Professor Renfrew initiates an original synthesis between modern historical linguistics and the new archaeology of cultural process, boldly proclaiming that it is time to reconsider questions of language origins and what they imply about ethnic affiliation--issues seriously discredited by the racial theorists of the 1920s and 1930s and, as a result, largely neglected since. Challenging many familiar beliefs, he comes to a new and persuasive conclusion: that primitive forms of the Indo-European language were spoken across Europe some thousands of years earlier than has previously been assumed.
 

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Renfrew believes that the Indo-European languages spread from Anatolia into Europe (into Greece and beyond). He says it spread with the expansion of farming. Interesting. Volledige review lezen

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The IndoEuropean Problem in Outline
9
Archaeology and the IndoEuropeans
20
TABLES
45
The Celtic languages
68
Homelands in Question
75
Language and Language Change
99
Early Language Dispersals in Europe
145
The Early IndoIranian Languages and their Origins
178
Who were the Celts?
211
IndoEuropean Mythologies
250
Notes
291
Bibliography
307
Index
337
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