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30 South Asia: Dravidian linguistic history

Prehistory

Part II: Holocene migrations

  1. Franklin C. Southworth,
  2. David W. McAlpin

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm830

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Southworth, F. C. and McAlpin, D. W. 2013. 30 South Asia: Dravidian linguistic history. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

The ancestral Dravidian languages, related to ancient Elamite of Iran, originated west of the Indus valley and probably spread through there into peninsular India during the 3rd millennium bce, the period of the Indus Valley civilization. Relationships between the Dravidian and Indo-Aryan languages are also informative about Dravidian prehistory.

Keywords:

  • linguistics;
  • Asia;
  • Holocene;
  • South Asia, Dravidian