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The Proto-Indo-European homeland
Proto-Indo-European homeland
(or Indo-European homeland) was the prehistoric urheimat of the Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
– the region where their reconstructed common ancestor, the Proto-Indo-European language (PIE), was originally spoken. From this region, its speakers migrated and went on to form the proto-communities of the different branches of the language family. There is currently no scientific consensus on when or where PIE was spoken,[1][2] though the majority of Indo-European specialists support the steppe hypothesis, which puts the PIE homeland in the Pontic-Caspian steppe around 4,000 BC.[1][3][4][5][6] A minority support the Anatolian hypothesis, which puts it in Anatolia
Anatolia
around 8,000 BC.[1][7][8][9] A notable but unlikely third possibility, mentioned by David Reich,[10] is that a proto-Indo-European language was first spoken by a population south of the Caucasus. Several other explanations have been proposed, including the Neolithic
Neolithic
creolisation hypothesis, Paleolithic
Paleolithic
Continuity Theory, and Indigenous Aryans
Indigenous Aryans
or "Out of India" theory. These are not widely accepted, and some are considered to be fringe theories. The search for the homeland of the Indo-Europeans began in the late 18th century with the discovery of the Indo-European language family.[11] The methods used to establish the homeland have been drawn from the disciplines of historical linguistics, archaeology, physical anthropology and, more recently, human population genetics.

Contents

1 Hypotheses 2 Theoretical considerations

2.1 Reconstructed vocabulary 2.2 Uralic, Caucasian and Semitic borrowings 2.3 Genesis of Indo-European languages

2.3.1 Phases of Proto-Indo-European 2.3.2 Dating the split-offs of the main branches

3 Steppe hypothesis

3.1 Gimbutas' Kurgan
Kurgan
hypothesis 3.2 Archeology 3.3 Vocabulary 3.4 Genetics

4 Anatolian hypothesis

4.1 Theory 4.2 Objections

4.2.1 Dating 4.2.2 Farming

4.3 Alignment with Steppe-theory

5 Armenian hypothesis 6 Other hypotheses

6.1 Baltic homeland 6.2 Palaeolithic Continuity Theory 6.3 Out of India theory

7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 Sources 11 External links

Hypotheses[edit] The Steppe theory and the Anatolian hypothesis
Anatolian hypothesis
are "the two leading competitors" for the Indo-European homeland.[12] The steppe hypothesis, a revised version of the " Kurgan
Kurgan
hypothesis", places the PIE homeland in the Pontic steppe around 4000 BC.[13] The majority of Indo-European specialists support the steppe hypothesis,[5] though critical issues remain to be clarified.[12] The Anatolian hypothesis
Anatolian hypothesis
places the pre-PIE homeland in Anatolia around 8000 BC,[8] and the homeland of Proto-Indo-European proper in the Balkans
Balkans
around 5000 BC. Although it has attracted substantive attention and discussions, the datings it proposes are at odds with the linguistic timeframe for Proto-Indo-European[3] and with genetic data which do not find evidence for Anatolian origins in the Indian genepool.[14] A notable, though unlikely,[3] third possibility is the "Near Eastern model",[12] also known as the Armenian hypothesis. It was proposed by Gamkrelidze and Ivanov, postulating connections between Indo-European and Caucasian languages based on the disputed glottalic theory and connected to archaeological findings by Grogoriev.[12] A number of other theories have been proposed, most of which have little or no academic currency today:

Indigenous Aryans, which suggests a homeland in the Indian subcontinent in the 6th millennium BC, which is favored by Hindu nationalists a 6th millennium BC
6th millennium BC
or later origin in Northern Europe, according to Lothar Kilian's and, especially, Marek Zvelebil's models of a broader homeland[15], which is favored by European and white ethnonationalists. Paleolithic
Paleolithic
Continuity Theory, with an origin in the Upper Paleolithic Nikolai Trubetzkoy's theory of Sprachbund origin of Indo-European traits

Theoretical considerations[edit] Traditionally homelands of linguistic families are proposed based on evidence from comparative linguistics coupled with evidence of historical populations and migrations from archeology. Today, genetics via DNA
DNA
samples is increasingly used in the study of ancient population movements. Reconstructed vocabulary[edit] Through comparative linguistics it is possible to reconstruct the vocabulary found in the proto-language, and in this way achieve knowledge of the cultural, technological and ecological context that the speakers inhabited. Such a context can then be compared with archeological evidence. This vocabulary includes, in the case of PIE:

pastoralism, including domesticated cattle, horses, and dogs[16] agriculture and cereal cultivation, including technology commonly ascribed to late- Neolithic
Neolithic
farming communities, e.g., the plow[17] a climate with winter snow[18] transportation by or across water[16] the solid wheel[16] used for wagons, but not yet chariots with spoked wheels[19]

Uralic, Caucasian and Semitic borrowings[edit] Proto-Uralic and PIE share a core vocabulary, such as words for "name" and "water", and similar-looking pronouns. This may be due to a common ancestor, or to intensive borrowing, but both options suggest that their homelands were located near each other. PIE also borrowed words from Caucasian languages, especially Kartvelian, which suggests a location close to the Caucasus. Gramkelidze and Ivanov, using the now largely unsupported glottalic theory of Indo-European phonology, also proposed Semitic borrowings into Proto-Indo-European, suggesting a more southern homeland to explain these borrowings. According to Mallory and Adams, some of these borrowing may be too speculative or from a later date, but they consider the proposed Semitic loans "bull" (taurus) and "wine" to be more likely.[19][note 1] Genesis of Indo-European languages[edit] Phases of Proto-Indo-European[edit] According to Anthony, the following terminology may be used:[3]

Early PIE for "the last common ancestor of the Anatolian and non-Anatolian IE branches"; Post-Anatolian PIE for "the last common ancestor of the non-Anatolian PIE languages, including Tocharian"; Late PIE for "the common ancestor of all other IE branches".

The Anatolian languages
Anatolian languages
are the first Indo-European language family to have split off from the main group. Due to the archaic elements preserved in the Anatolian languages, they may be a "cousin" of Proto-Indo-European, instead of a "daughter", but Anatolian is generally regarded as an early offshoot of the Indo-European language group.[3] The Indo-Hittite hypothesis postulates a common predecessor for both the Anatolian languages
Anatolian languages
and the other indo-European languages, called Indi-Hittite or Indo-Anatolian.[3] Although it is obvious that PIE had predecessors,[20] the Indo-Hittite hypothesis is not widely accepted, and there is little to suggest that it is possible to reconstruct a proto- Indo-Hittite stage that differs substantially from what is already reconstructed for PIE. Dating the split-offs of the main branches[edit] Using a mathematical analysis borrowed from evolutionary biology, Don Ringe and Tandy Warnow propose the following tree of Indo-European branches:[3]

Pre-Anatolian (before 3500 BC) Pre-Tocharian Pre-Italic and Pre-Celtic (before 2500 BC) Pre-Armenian and Pre-Greek (after 2500 BC) Pre-Germanic and Pre-Balto-Slavic;[3] proto-Germanic c. 500 BC[21] Proto-Indo-Iranian (2000 BC)

David Anthony, following the methodology of Ringe and Warnow,[clarification needed] proposes the following sequence:[3]

Pre-Anatolian (4200 BC) Pre-Tocharian (3700 BC) Pre-Germanic (3300 BC) Pre-Italic and Pre-Celtic (3000 BC) Pre-Armenian (2800 BC) Pre-Balto-Slavic (2800 BC) Pre-Greek (2500 BC) Proto-Indo-Iranian (2200 BC); split between Iranian and Old Indic 1800 BC

Steppe hypothesis[edit] See also: Indo-European migrations Gimbutas' Kurgan
Kurgan
hypothesis[edit] Main article: Kurgan
Kurgan
hypothesis In the early 1980s,[22] a mainstream consensus had emerged among Indo-Europeanists in favour of the " Kurgan
Kurgan
hypothesis" (the Kurgan hypothesis, after the kurgans, burial mounds, of the Eurasian steppes) placing the Indo-European homeland in the Pontic–Caspian steppe
Pontic–Caspian steppe
of the Chalcolithic.[23][3] This was not least due to the influence of the Journal of Indo-European Studies, edited by J. P. Mallory, that focused on the ideas of Marija Gimbutas
Marija Gimbutas
and offered some improvements. Gimbutas had created a modern variation on the traditional invasion theory in which the Indo-Europeans were a nomadic tribe in Eastern Ukraine
Ukraine
and Southern Russia
Russia
and expanded on horseback in several waves during the 3rd millennium BC. Their expansion coincided with the taming of the horse. Leaving archaeological signs of their presence (see Corded Ware culture), they subjugated the peaceful European Neolithic
Neolithic
farmers of Gimbutas' Old Europe. As Gimbutas' beliefs evolved, she put increasing emphasis on the patriarchal, patrilineal nature of the invading culture, sharply contrasting it with the supposedly egalitarian, if not matrilineal culture of the invaded, to the point of formulating essentially a feminist archaeology. Her interpretation of Indo-European culture found genetic support in remains from the Neolithic
Neolithic
culture of Scandinavia, where DNA
DNA
from bone remains in Neolithic
Neolithic
graves indicated that the megalith culture was either matrilocal or matrilineal, as the people buried in the same grave were related through the women. Likewise, there is a tradition of remaining matrilineal traditions among the Picts.[citation needed] Archeology[edit] The Gimbutas-Mallory Kurgan hypothesis
Kurgan hypothesis
seeks to identify the source of the Indo-European language expansion as a succession of migrations from the Pontic–Caspian steppe, originating in the area encompassed by the Sredny Stog culture
Sredny Stog culture
(c. 4500 BC).[24] J. P. Mallory, dating the migrations later, to c. 4000 BC, and putting less insistence on their violent or quasi-military nature, essentially modified Gimbutas' theory making it compatible with a less gender-political narrative. David Anthony, focusing mostly on the evidence for the domestication of horses and the presence of wheeled vehicles, came to regard specifically the Yamna culture, which replaced the Sredny Stog culture
Sredny Stog culture
around 3500 BC, as the most likely candidate for the Proto-Indo-European speech community.[3] Anthony describes the spread of cattle-raising from early farmers in the Danube Valley into the Ukrainian steppes in the 6th–5th millennium BC, forming a cultural border with the hunter-gatherers[3] whose languages may have included archaic PIE.[3] Anthony notes that domesticated cattle and sheep probably didn't enter the steppes from the Transcaucasia, since the early farming communities there were not widespread, and separated from the steppes by the glaciated Caucasus.[3] Subsequent cultures developed in this area which adopted cattle, most notably the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture.[3] Parpola regards the Tripolye culture as the birthplace of wheeled vehicles, and therefore as the homeland for Late PIE, assuming that Early PIE was spoken by Skelya pastoralists (early Sredny Stog culture[3]) who took over the Tripolye culture at c. 4300–4000 BC.[25] On its eastern border lay the Sredny Stog culture
Sredny Stog culture
(4400–3400 BC),[3] whose origins are related to "people from the east, perhaps from the Volga steppes".[3] It plays a central role in Gimbutas' Kurgan
Kurgan
hypothesis,[3] and coincides with the spread of early PIE across the steppes[3] and into the Danube valley (c. 4000 BC),[3] leading to the collapse of Old Europe.[3] Hereafter the Maykop culture suddenly arose, Tripolye towns grew strongly, and eastern steppe people migrated to the Altai mountains, founding the Afanasevo culture (3300 to 2500 BC).[3] Vocabulary[edit] The core element of the steppe hypothesis is the identification of the proto-Indo-European culture as a nomadic pastoralist society that did not practice intensive agriculture. This identification rests on the fact that vocabulary related to cows, to horses and horsemanship, and to wheeled vehicles can be reconstructed for all branches of the family, whereas only a few agricultural vocabulary items are reconstructable, suggesting a gradual adoption of agriculture through contact with non-Indo-Europeans. When this evidence and reasoning is accepted, the search for the Indo-European proto-culture has to involve searching for the earliest introduction of domesticated horses and wagons into Europe.[26] Responding to these arguments, proponents of the Anatolian hypothesis Russell Gray and Quentin Atkinson have argued that the different branches could have independently developed similar vocabulary based on the same roots, creating the false appearance of shared inheritance – or alternatively, that the words related to wheeled vehicle might have been borrowed across Europe at a later date. Proponents of the Steppe hypothesis have argued this to be highly unlikely, and to break with the established principles for reasonable assumptions when explaining linguistic comparative data.[26] Another source of evidence for the steppe hypothesis is the presence of what appears to be many shared loanwords between Uralic languages and proto-Indo-European, suggesting that these languages were spoken in adjacent areas. This would have had to take place a good deal further north than the Anatolian or Near Eastern scenarios would allow.[26] According to Kortlandt, Indo-Uralic is the pre-PIE, postulating that Indo-European and Uralic share a common ancestor.[27] According to Kortlandt, "Indo-European is a branch of Indo-Uralic which was radically transformed under the influence of a North Caucasian substratum when its speakers moved from the area north of the Caspian Sea
Caspian Sea
to the area north of the Black Sea."[27][note 2][note 3] Anthony notes that the validity of such deep relationships cannot be reliably demonstrated due to the time-depth involved, and also notes that the similarities may be explained by borrowings from PIE into proto-Uralic.[20] Yet, Anthony also notes that the North Caucasian communities "were southern participants in the steppe world".[3] Genetics[edit] See also: Origins of Yamna culture
Yamna culture
and Yamna component in European genes Three genetic studies in 2015 gave support to the Kurgan
Kurgan
theory of Gimbutas regarding the Indo-European Urheimat. According to those studies, haplogroups R1b and R1a, now the most common in Europe (R1a is also common in South Asia) would have expanded from the Russian steppes, along with the Indo European languages; they also detected an autosomal component present in modern Europeans which was not present in Neolithic
Neolithic
Europeans, which would have been introduced with paternal lineages R1b and R1a, as well as Indo European Languages.[32][33][34] According to genetic studies, individuals from the Yamnaya culture have a mix from eastern European hunter-gatherer[13] and Caucasus hunter-gatherer[35] ancestry. Iran Chalcolithic
Chalcolithic
people with a Caucasian hunter-gatherer component.[36][36][note 4][clarification needed] Many geneticists consider Haplogroup R1a
Haplogroup R1a
to be associated with the origins and spread of the Indo-Europeans.[37][38][39] R1a1 shows a strong correlation with the distribution of the Indo-European languages in Europe and south Asia, being most prevalent in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine, and in central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.[38][39] Two specific subclades dominate, namely R1-Z282 in Eastern-Europe and R1-Z93 in South Asia and South-Siberia.[38][39] According to Underhill et al. (2014), the initial diversification of R1a took place in the vicinity of Iran,[40] while Pamjav et al. (2012) think that R1a diversified within the Eurasian Steppes or the Middle East and Caucasus
Caucasus
region.[41] In 2015, a large-scale ancient DNA
DNA
study published in Nature[6] found evidence of a "massive migration" from the Pontic-Caspian steppe to Central Europe that took place about 4,500 years ago. It found that individuals from the Central European Corded Ware culture
Corded Ware culture
(3rd millennium BC) were genetically closely related to individuals from the Yamnaya culture. The authors concluded that their "results provide support for the theory of a steppe origin of at least some of the Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
of Europe."[14][42] However, archaeologists have argued that although such a migration might have taken place, it does not necessarily explain either the distribution of archaeological cultures or the spread of the Indo-European languages.[43] Anatolian hypothesis[edit] Main article: Anatolian hypothesis See also: Indo-Hittite

Map showing the Neolithic
Neolithic
expansion from the seventh to fifth millennium BC.

Theory[edit] The main competitor to the Kurgan hypothesis
Kurgan hypothesis
is the Anatolian hypothesis advanced by Colin Renfrew in 1987. It couples the spread of the Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
to the hard fact of the neolithic spread of farming from the Near East, stating that the Indo-European languages began to spread peacefully into Europe from Asia Minor
Asia Minor
from around 7000 BC with the Neolithic
Neolithic
advance of farming (wave of advance). The expansion of agriculture from the Middle East would have diffused three language families: Indo-European toward Europe, Dravidian toward Pakistan and India, and Afro-Asiatic toward Arabia and North Africa. According to Renfrew (2004), the spread of Indo-European proceeded in the following steps:

Around 6500 BC: Pre-Proto-Indo-European, located in Anatolia, splits into Anatolian and Archaic Proto-Indo-European, the language of those Pre-Proto-Indo-European
Pre-Proto-Indo-European
farmers who migrate to Europe in the initial farming dispersal. Archaic Proto- Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
occur in the Balkans
Balkans
(Starčevo-Körös-Cris culture), in the Danube valley (Linear Pottery culture), and possibly in the Bug-Dniestr area (Eastern Linear pottery culture). Around 5000 BC: Archaic Proto-Indo-European splits into Northwestern Indo-European (the ancestor of Italic, Celtic, and Germanic), located in the Danube valley, Balkan Proto-Indo-European (corresponding to Gimbutas' Old European culture), and Early Steppe Proto-Indo-European (the ancestor of Tocharian).

Reacting to criticism, Renfrew revised his proposal to the effect of taking a pronounced Indo-Hittite position. Renfrew's revised views place only Pre-Proto-Indo-European
Pre-Proto-Indo-European
in 7th millennium BC Anatolia, proposing as the homeland of Proto-Indo-European proper the Balkans around 5000 BC, explicitly identified as the "Old European culture" proposed by Marija Gimbutas. He thus still situates the original source of the Indo-European language family in Anatolia
Anatolia
c. 7000 BC. Reconstructions of a Bronze Age
Bronze Age
PIE society based on vocabulary items like "wheel" do not necessarily hold for the Anatolian branch, which appears to have separated from PIE at an early stage, prior to the invention of wheeled vehicles.[44] Objections[edit] Dating[edit] The main objection to this theory is that it requires an unrealistically early date.[26] According to linguistic analysis, the Proto-Indo-European lexicon seems to include words for a range of inventions and practices related to the Secondary Products Revolution, which post-dates the early spread of farming. On lexico-cultural dating, Proto-Indo-European cannot be earlier than 4000 BC.[45] Farming[edit] The idea that farming was spread from Anatolia
Anatolia
in a single wave has been revised. Instead it appears to have spread in several waves by several routes, primarily from the Levant.[46] The trail of plant domesticates indicates an initial foray from the Levant by sea.[47] The overland route via Anatolia
Anatolia
seems to have been most significant in spreading farming into south-east Europe.[48] Farming developed independently in the eastern fertile crescent.[14] Non- Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
appear to be associated with the spread of farming from the Near East
Near East
into North Africa and the Caucasus.[citation needed] According to Lazaridis et al. (2016), farming developed independently both in the Levant and in the eastern Fertile Crescent.[14] After this initial development, the two regions and the Caucasus
Caucasus
interacted, and the chalcolithic north-west Iranian population appears to be a mixture of Iranian neolithic, Levant, and Caucasus
Caucasus
hunter-gatherers.[14] According to Lazaridis et al. (2016), "farmers related to those from Iran spread northward into the Eurasian steppe; and people related to both the early farmers of Iran and to the pastoralists of the Eurasian steppe spread eastward into South Asia".[49] They further note that ANI "can be modelled as a mix of ancestry related to both early farmers of western Iran and to people of the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
Eurasian steppe",[49] which makes it unlikely that the Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
in India are derived from Anatolia.[50] Mascarenhas et al. (2015) note that the expansion of Z93 from Transcaucasia
Transcaucasia
into South Asia is compatible with "the archeological records of eastward expansion of West Asian populations in the 4th millennium BC culminating in the socalled Kura-Araxes migrations in the post-Uruk IV period".[51] Alignment with Steppe-theory[edit] According to Alberto Piazza "[i]t is clear that, genetically speaking, peoples of the Kurgan
Kurgan
steppe descended at least in part from people of the Middle Eastern Neolithic
Neolithic
who immigrated there from Turkey."[52] According to Piazza and Cavalli-Sforza, the Yamna-culture may have been derived from Middle Eastern Neolithic
Neolithic
farmers who migrated to the Pontic steppe and developed pastoral nomadism.:

...if the expansions began at 9,500 years ago from Anatolia
Anatolia
and at 6,000 years ago from the Yamnaya culture region, then a 3,500-year period elapsed during their migration to the Volga-Don region from Anatolia, probably through the Balkans. There a completely new, mostly pastoral culture developed under the stimulus of an environment unfavorable to standard agriculture, but offering new attractive possibilities. Our hypothesis is, therefore, that Indo-European languages derived from a secondary expansion from the Yamnaya culture region after the Neolithic
Neolithic
farmers, possibly coming from Anatolia
Anatolia
and settled there, developing pastoral nomadism.[53]

Wells agrees with Cavalli-Sforza that there is "some genetic evidence for migration from the Middle East":

... while we see substantial genetic and archaeological evidence for an Indo-European migration originating in the southern Russian steppes, there is little evidence for a similarly massive Indo-European migration from the Middle East to Europe. One possibility is that, as a much earlier migration (8,000 years old, as opposed to 4,000), the genetic signals carried by Indo-European-speaking farmers may simply have dispersed over the years. There is clearly some genetic evidence for migration from the Middle East, as Cavalli-Sforza and his colleagues showed, but the signal is not strong enough for us to trace the distribution of Neolithic
Neolithic
languages throughout the entirety of Indo-European-speaking Europe.[54]

Armenian hypothesis[edit] Main article: Armenian hypothesis Gamkrelidze and Ivanov held that the urheimat was south of the Caucasus, specifically, "within eastern Anatolia, the southern Caucasus
Caucasus
and northern Mesopotamia" in the fifth to fourth millennia BC.[55] Their proposal was based on a disputed theory of glottal consonants in PIE. According to Gamkrelidze and Ivanov, PIE words for material culture objects imply contact with more advanced peoples to the south, the existence of Semitic loan-words in PIE, Kartvelian (Georgian) borrowings from PIE, some contact with Sumerian, Elamite and others. However given that the glottalic theory never caught on, and there was little archeological support, the Gamkredlize and Ivanov theory did not gain support until Renfrew's Anatolian theory revived aspects of their proposal.[26] Gamkredilze and Ivanov proposed that the Greeks
Greeks
moving west across Anatolia
Anatolia
to their present location, a northward movement of some IE speakers that brought them into contact with the Finno-Ugric languages and suggest that the Kurgan
Kurgan
area, or better "Black Sea and Volga steppe", was a secondary homeland from which the western IE languages emerged. A 2015 genetic study by Haak et al. (2015:137) argues that their findings of gene flow of a population that shares traits with modern-day Armenians
Armenians
into the Yamnaya pastoralist culture lends support to the Armenian hypothesis, while Lazaridis et al. (2016) state that "farmers related to those from Iran spread northward into the Eurasian steppe."[14] In 2018, David Reich wrote that even if most or all Indo-European languages were spread by the Yamnaya-people[56] that "the most likely location of the population that first spoke an Indo-European language was south of the Caucasus
Caucasus
Mountains, perhaps in present-day Iran or Armenia, because ancient DNA
DNA
from people who lived there matches what we would expect for a source population both for the Yamnaya and for ancient Anatolians".[10] Other hypotheses[edit] Baltic homeland[edit] See also: Neolithic creolisation hypothesis and Salmon problem Lothar Kilian and Marek Zvelebil
Marek Zvelebil
have proposed a 6th millennium BC
6th millennium BC
or later origin in Northern Europe.[15] The Steppe theory is compatible with the argument that the PIE homeland must have been larger,[24] because the " Neolithic
Neolithic
creolisation hypothesis" allows the Pontic-Caspian region to have been part of PIE territory. Palaeolithic Continuity Theory[edit] Main article: Paleolithic
Paleolithic
Continuity Theory The " Paleolithic
Paleolithic
Continuity Paradigm" is a hypothesis suggesting that the Proto-Indo-European language
Proto-Indo-European language
(PIE) can be traced back to the Upper Paleolithic, several millennia earlier than the Chalcolithic
Chalcolithic
or at the most Neolithic
Neolithic
estimates in other scenarios of Proto-Indo-European origins. Its main proponents are Marcel Otte, Alexander Häusler,[3] and Mario Alinei. The PCT posits that the advent of Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
should be linked to the arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe and Asia from Africa in the Upper Paleolithic.[57] Employing "lexical periodization", Alinei arrives at a timeline deeper than even that of Colin Renfrew's Anatolian hypothesis.[57][note 5] Since 2004, an informal workgroup of scholars who support the Paleolithic
Paleolithic
Continuity hypothesis has been held online.[58] Apart from Alinei himself, its leading members (referred to as "Scientific Committee" in the website) are linguists Xaverio Ballester (University of Valencia) and Francesco Benozzo
Francesco Benozzo
(University of Bologna). Also included are prehistorian Marcel Otte
Marcel Otte
(Université de Liège) and anthropologist Henry Harpending (University of Utah).[57] It is not listed by Mallory among the proposals for the origins of the Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
that are widely discussed and considered credible within academia.[59] Out of India theory[edit] Main articles: Indigenous Aryans
Indigenous Aryans
and Indo-Aryan migrations The Indigenous Aryans
Indigenous Aryans
theory, also known as the Out of India theory, proposes an Indian origin for the Indo-European languages. The languages of northern India and Pakistan, including Hindi
Hindi
and the historically and culturally significant liturgical language Sanskrit, belong to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family.[60] The Steppe model, rhetorically presented as an "Aryan invasion", has been opposed by Hindu revivalists and Hindu nationalists,[61][62] who argue that the Aryans were indigenous to India, and some, such as Koenraad Elst[63][64] and Shrikant Talageri,[65] have proposed that Proto-Indo-European itself originated in northern India, either with or shortly before the Indus Valley Civilisation.[62][66] This "Out of India" theory is not regarded as plausible in mainstream scholarship.[66][67][68] See also[edit]

Bronze Age
Bronze Age
Europe Indo-European studies Neolithic
Neolithic
Europe North European hypothesis Old European culture Proto-Indo-Europeans Indo-European migrations

Notes[edit]

^ Anthony notes that those Semitic borrowings may also have occurred through the advancement of Anatolian farmer cultures via the Danube valley into the steppe zone.[3] ^ Kortlandt (2010) refers to Kortlandt, Frederik. 2007b. C.C. Uhlenbeck on Indo-European, Uralic and Caucasian. ^ The " Sogdiana
Sogdiana
hypothesis" of Johanna Nichols places the homeland in the 4th or 5th millennium BC to the east of the Caspian Sea, in the area of ancient Bactria-Sogdiana.[28][29] According to Bernard Sergent the lithic assemblage of the first Kurgan
Kurgan
culture in Ukraine
Ukraine
(Sredni Stog II), which originated from the Volga and South Urals, recalls that of the Mesolithic- Neolithic
Neolithic
sites to the east of the Caspian sea, Dam Dam Chesme II and the cave of Djebel.[30] He places the roots of the Gimbutas' Kurgan
Kurgan
cradle of Indo-Europeans in a more southern cradle, and adds that the Djebel material is related to a Paleolithic material of Northwestern Iran, the Zarzian culture, dated 10,000–8,500 BC, and in the more ancient Kebarian of the Near East. He concludes that more than 10,000 years ago the Indo-Europeans were a small people grammatically, phonetically and lexically close to Semitic- Hamitic
Hamitic
populations of the Near East.[31] ^ Lazaridis et al. (2016): "The spread of Near Eastern ancestry into the Eurasian steppe was previously inferred without access to ancient samples, by hypothesizing a population related to present-day Armenians
Armenians
as a source."[36] Lazaridis et al. (2016) refer to Haak et al. (2015). ^ Mario Alinei: "The sharp, and now at last admitted even by traditionalists (Villar 1991) [Villar, Francisco (1991), Los indoeuropeos y los orígines de Europa. Lenguaje y historia, Madrid, Gredos] differentiation of farming terminology in the different IE languages, while absolutely unexplainable in the context of Renfrew's NDT, provides yet another fundamental proof that the differentiation of IE languages goes back to remote prehistory."[57]

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Stephanie Dutchen (2014), New Branch Added to European Family Tree. Genetic analysis reveals Europeans descended from at least three ancient groups Richard Gray (2015), Modern Europeans descend from FOUR groups of hunter-gatherers: New strand of DNA
DNA
discovered in the Caucasus
Caucasus
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Caucasus
and Swiss hunter-gatherer genomes eurogenes.blogspot, The genetic structure of the world's first farmers (Lazaridis et al. preprint) For what they were... we are (2016) Ancient genomes from Neolithic West Asia

v t e

Proto-Indo-European language

Phonology

Accent Centum and satem Glottalic theory Laryngeal theory s-mobile Sound laws

boukólos rule kʷetwóres rule Glossary of sound laws Bartholomae's Grassmann's Osthoff's Pinault's Siebs' Sievers' (Edgerton's converse) Stang's Szemerényi's

Morphology

Ablaut Caland system h₂e-conjugation Narten present Nasal infix Root Thematic vowel Vṛddhi-derivation

Parts of speech

Nominals (nouns and adjectives) Numerals Particles Pronouns Verbs

copula

Vocabulary

Main sources

Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (IEW) Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben
Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben
(LIV) Lexikon der indogermanischen Partikeln und Pronominalstämme
Lexikon der indogermanischen Partikeln und Pronominalstämme
(LIPP) Nomina im Indogermanischen Lexikon
Nomina im Indogermanischen Lexikon
(NIL) Indo-European Etymological Dictionary (IEED)

Origins

Indo-European migrations
Indo-European migrations
& Proto-Indo-European Urheimat
Urheimat
hypotheses Salmon problem

Artificial compositions

Schleicher's fable The king and the god

See also

Proto-Indo-European religion Proto-Indo-European society Indo-European studies Encyclopedia of Indo-Euro

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