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Colin Renfrew’s hypothesis on the Near-Eastern origin of the original Indo-European people: an evaluation

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1. Title Title of document Colin Renfrew’s hypothesis on the Near-Eastern origin of the original Indo-European people: an evaluation - Origin and Evolution of Languages
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Jean-Paul Demoule; University of Paris I; France
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics; History of Languages
4. Subject Keyword(s) linguistics; origins of languages; evolution of languages
5. Subject Subject classification P1-1091 Philology. Linguistics; P321-324.5 Etymology
6. Description Abstract When it appeared in 1987 1, the book of the British archaeologist Colin Renfrew, Archaeology & Language. The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins, did not come out of nowhere, contrary to what its significant media impact might lead one to believe. This chapter argues that it was situated within a continuous scientific tradition that goes back to the very origins of the Indo-European question and concludes that the considerable impact in the academic world and among
the broader public of Colin Renfrew’s hypothesis, and its association with the defenders of the ‘big tree’, together with its genes, have made it into the currently dominant theory in Anglo-Saxon media, up to the point where the archaeologist James Mallory, a defender of the steppic hypothesis, considered his own cause to be provisionally lost, at least on the media front. In contrast, amongst strict Indo-Europeanists, whether they are linguists or archaeologists, at least amongst those who believe it to be possible to locate the original birthplace, notwithstanding different scientific traditions that are specific to each country, the steppic theory has the support of the majority.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-May-2008
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.19032
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Origin and Evolution of Languages
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) global
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