English, Spanish, Russian and Hindi, just to take four common examples, are languages that can be derived from a common ancestor. This ancestor is usually called Proto-Indo-European (PIE). The web pages collected in this category are concerned with one or several aspects of the study of PIE. This is a multi-disciplinary area. Linguists are interested in the reconstructed phonology, grammar and vocabulary of PIE. Archaeologists and historians debate the question of where and when PIE was spoken, and which archaeological culture can be identified with its speakers. Finally, ethnographers and scholars of comparative religion wonder about the culture and religion of these speakers, as reconstructable from the myths and religions of known Indo-European-speaking peoples, and from the archaeological sites associated with them.
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Did Indo-European Languages Spread Before Farming?
Journal article by Jonathan Adams and Marcel Otte scheduled to be published in "Current Anthropology" that challenges the dominant theory placing Indo-European dispersal in the Bronze Age.
Indo-European: Possible Homeland & Migrations Slideshow
Introductory page on the homeland problem, and slideshow of homeland and possible migrations after mainstream opinion.
Linguistics: Historical Linguistics
A light-hearted discussion of Indo-European and other linguistics topics, from the staff in the Linguistics Program at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA, USA).
Proto-Indo-European Language Demonstration and Exploration Website
Basic overview of the Indo-European language family, with particular attention to its major members. From the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
The Spread of the Indo-Europeans
Scholarly article by Frederik Kortlandt on the dating of the spreading of the Indo-Europeans based on information obtained from both linguistic and archaeological research. [PDF]
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