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Archaeology and Language in the Andes$
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Paul Heggarty and David Beresford-Jones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265031

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265031.001.0001

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Introduction: Archaeology, Linguistics, and the Andean Past: A Much-Needed Conversation

Introduction: Archaeology, Linguistics, and the Andean Past: A Much-Needed Conversation

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(p.xxiv) (p.1) 1 Introduction: Archaeology, Linguistics, and the Andean Past: A Much-Needed Conversation
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Archaeology and Language in the Andes
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DAVID BERESFORD-JONES

PAUL HEGGARTY

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265031.003.0001

This volume is a collection which includes the text of papers presented at the September 2008 Cambridge Symposium on Archaeology and Linguistics in the Andes. The Cambridge symposium sought to bring together the disciplines of linguistics and archaeology, in order to dispel a number of popular myths about the language history of the Andes. This introductory chapter first sets out the structure of the book and introduces its component chapters. Thereafter it clarifies briefly a number of principles from historical linguistics that are indispensable to an understanding of how language data can inform us about prehistory at all, as a general methodological background to the chapters that follow. Next, it reviews the traditional model for associating the linguistic and archaeological records in the Andes, and the problems that attend it. Finally, it looks at one particular cross-disciplinary proposal that has commanded much attention worldwide, but precious little hitherto in the Andes: the ‘farming/language dispersal’ hypothesis.

Keywords:   Andes, language history, historical linguistics, language data, prehistory

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