Archaeology and Language: The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins (Paperback)
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Short Description for Archaeology and Language An original synthesis between modern historical linguistics and cultural archaeology concludes that primitive Indo-European language was spoken in Europe thousands of years earlier than previously assumed.
- Published: 01 March 1990
- Format: Paperback 368 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521386753 ISBN 10: 0521386756
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In this book Colin Renfrew directs remarkable new light on the links between archaeology and language, looking specifically at the puzzling similarities that are apparent across the Indo-European family of ancient languages, from Anatolia and Ancient Persia, across Europe and the Indian subcontinent, to regions as remote as Sinkiang in China. Professor Renfrew initiates an original synthesis between modern historical linguistics and the new archaeology of cultural process, boldly proclaiming that it is time to reconsider questions of language origins and what they imply about ethnic affiliation--issues seriously discredited by the racial theorists of the 1920s and 1930s and, as a result, largely neglected since. Challenging many familiar beliefs, he comes to a new and persuasive conclusion: that primitive forms of the Indo-European language were spoken across Europe some thousands of years earlier than has previously been assumed.