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Mapping the Origins and Expansion of the Indo-European Language Family

Bouckaert, Remco; Lemey, Philippe; Dunn, Michael; Greenhill, Simon; Alekseyenko, Alexander V; Drummond, Alexei J.; Gray, Russell; Suchard, Marc A; Atkinson, Quentin D.

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There are two competing hypotheses for the origin of the Indo-European language family. The conventional view places the homeland in the Pontic steppes about 6000 years ago. An alternative hypothesis claims that the languages spread from Anatolia with the expansion of farming 8000 to 9500 years ago. We used Bayesian phylogeographic approaches, together with basic vocabulary data from 103 ancient and contemporary Indo-European languages, to explicitly model the expansion of the family and test...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/39039
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1219669

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