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Archaeology and language : the puzzle of Indo-European origins

by Renfrew, Colin
Published by : Cambridge University Press, 1990 (New York) Physical details: xiv, 346 p. 24 cm. ISBN:0521386756.
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Books Books School of Celtic Studies
Room 21 - MacCana Collection
PMC 913.031 R (Browse shelf) Available (Standard Loan) 30170

Donation Ex Libris Proinsias Mac Cana

Signed by Proinsias Mac Cana

History and edition First North American paperback edition

Title on spine: Archaeology & language

Contains hand-written notes

(BIBI) Includes bibliography and index

In this book Colin Renfrew directs remarkable new light on the links between archaeology and language, looking specifically at the puzzling similarities that are apparent across the Indo-European family of ancient languages, from Anatolia and Ancient Persia, across Europe and the Indian subcontinent, to regions as remote as Sinkiang in China. Professor Renfrew initiates an original synthesis between modern historical linguistics and the new archaeology of cultural process, boldly proclaiming that it is time to reconsider questions of language origins and what they imply about ethnic affiliation--issues seriously discredited by the racial theorists of the 1920s and 1930s and, as a result, largely neglected since. Challenging many familiar beliefs, he comes to a new and persuasive conclusion: that primitive forms of the Indo-European language were spoken across Europe some thousands of years earlier than has previously been assumed.

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