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Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples$
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Nicholas Sims-Williams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262856

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.001.0001

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Archaeological models and Asian Indo-Europeans

Archaeological models and Asian Indo-Europeans

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(p.19) Archaeological models and Asian Indo-Europeans
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Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples
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J. P. Mallory

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.003.0002

Archaeological attempts to discern prehistoric linguistic dispersals are packaged in a variety of models that must all rest on at least one assumption: the archaeological record in some form or another provides proxy evidence for linguistic entities or, at least, language shift. All of these models are well rehearsed in the area of Indo-European dispersals in Asia, particularly with reference to Indo-Iranian origins and migrations. This chapter discusses the following models: continuity, discontinuity, geographical, cultural, and contact models.

Keywords:   prehistoric linguistic dispersals, archaeological evidence, language shift, migrations, continuity model, discontinuity model, geographical model, cultural model, contact model

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