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Indo-Europeans

H. Craig Melchert

in The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376142
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195376142.013.0031

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Indo-Europeans

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This article presents an overview of the arrival and florescence of the Indo-European languages in Anatolia, the most famous of which is Hittite. The weight of current linguistic evidence supports the traditional view that Indo-European speakers are intrusive to Asia Minor, coming from somewhere in eastern Europe. There is a growing consensus that the differentiation among the Indo-European Anatolian languages begins at least by the mid-second millennium BCE and possibly earlier. It is likely, but not strictly provable, that this differentiation correlates with the entry of the Indo-European speakers into Anatolia and their subsequent dispersal. Nothing definitive can be said about the route by which the Indo-European entry took place.

Keywords: Indo-European languages; Anatolian languages; Hittite

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Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East

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