Language-tree divergence times support the Anatolian theory of Indo-European origin

@article{Gray2003LanguagetreeDT,
  title={Language-tree divergence times support the Anatolian theory of Indo-European origin},
  author={R. Gray and Q. Atkinson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={426},
  pages={435-439}
}
  • R. Gray, Q. Atkinson
  • Published 2003
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Languages, like genes, provide vital clues about human history. The origin of the Indo-European language family is “the most intensively studied, yet still most recalcitrant, problem of historical linguistics”. Numerous genetic studies of Indo-European origins have also produced inconclusive results. Here we analyse linguistic data using computational methods derived from evolutionary biology. We test two theories of Indo-European origin: the ‘Kurgan expansion’ and the ‘Anatolian farming… CONTINUE READING

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