New research from University of Adelaide in South Australia
Frederic Blondieau's insight:
A collaborative research effort between the University of Adelaide and Harvard Medical School in Boston has yielded a Eureka moment in revealing the spread of the Indo-European mother language through Europe.
In my recent discussions with blog readers and students, it has become clear to me that before considering the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) homeland problem in more detail it might be beneficial to review what a linguistic homeland is in the first place. Particularly at issue is the possibility of a “compromise” theory: given that both the […]
A team of researchers in the U.S. and U.K. has developed a statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words' pronunciations most likely occurred in the evolutionary history of related languages.
[I am deeply grateful to Martin W. Lewis for the inspiring discussions of, and extensive collaboration on, the issues examined here, as well as for editing the draft of this post.] The Biorxiv online has recently published an article titled “Massive migration from the steppe is a source for Indo-European languages in Europe”, which of […]
As mentioned in my earlier post, besides being the liturgical language used by the Russian Orthodox Church, Old Church Slavonic (OCS) played a pivotal role in the formation of the Russian literary language. In the Middle Ages, OCS co-existed with Old Russian in a state of diglossia: OCS was used in Kievan Rus’ for liturgical […]
[Note to readers: This post is the first in a mini-series dedicated to Old Church Slavonic and written in conjunction with the class I am teaching this quarter.] Old Church Slavonic (OCS) is the language of the oldest Slavic manuscripts; today, it is merely a dead language, found only in conservative ecclesiastical use. Moreover, OCS […]
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