19 Europe and western Asia: Indo-European linguistic history
Part II: Holocene migrations
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Heggarty, P. 2013. 19 Europe and western Asia: Indo-European linguistic history. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
Indo-European is, by speaker population, by far the world's greatest language family. This chapter looks especially at the “Steppe” and “Anatolian” hypotheses for Indo-European origins and dispersals, and adds to the discussion begun in chapter 11 about how language families spread in prehistoric times. It also discusses the vexed question of linguistic chronology.