Archaeological models and Asian Indo-Europeans

J. P. Mallory

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262856
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753961 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Archaeological models and Asian Indo-Europeans

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Archaeological attempts to discern prehistoric linguistic dispersals are packaged in a variety of models that must all rest on at least one assumption: the archaeological record in some form or another provides proxy evidence for linguistic entities or, at least, language shift. All of these models are well rehearsed in the area of Indo-European dispersals in Asia, particularly with reference to Indo-Iranian origins and migrations. This chapter discusses the following models: continuity, discontinuity, geographical, cultural, and contact models.

Keywords: prehistoric linguistic dispersals; archaeological evidence; language shift; migrations; continuity model; discontinuity model; geographical model; cultural model; contact model

Chapter.  7984 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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