Where did Indo-European come from?

It’s a controversial question that has set linguist against linguist for generations. But now DNA evidence is providing clues.

Linguist Luisa Miceli is in the studio with Daniel and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

New study to examine Aussie English
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-aussie-english.html

Take the survey! AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ATTITUDES
https://ozenglishstudy.wordpress.com

When Your Punctuation Says It All (!)
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/style/when-your-punctuation-says-it-all.html?_r=0

No Punctuation Is Funnier
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/19/twitter-grammar-no-punctuation_n_6785766.html

French Teenagers Speak a Language All Their Own. Confused? Here’s a Guide
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2015/02/28/decoding-teenager-language-french/

Spanish Cell Phone Abbreviations
http://spanish.about.com/od/writtenspanish/a/sms.htm

Older, but a good rundown of all the things we mean when we talk about the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
http://hilgart.org/enformy/dma-dwh.htm

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: The Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/relativism/supplement2.html

This set of links concerns Atkinson’s work on the Anatolian hypothesis.
Family Tree of Languages Has Roots in Anatolia, Biologists Say
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/science/indo-european-languages-originated-in-anatolia-analysis-suggests.html

Turkey the birthplace of Hindi, English: study
http://phys.org/news/2012-08-turkey-birthplace-hindi-english.html

Researchers identify present day Turkey as origin of Indo-European languages
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/researchers-identify-present-day-turkey-as-origin-of-indo-european-languages/2012/08/23/6133c564-ed3e-11e1-b09d-07d971dee30a_story.html

This set of links is more recent, and concerns the new evidence for the Steppe Hypothesis.
Indo-European Languages Originated 6,000 Years Ago in Russian Grasslands
http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/indo-european-languages-may-have-originated-6000-years-ago-russian-grasslands

Steppe migration rekindles debate on language origin
http://www.nature.com/news/steppe-migration-rekindles-debate-on-language-origin-1.16935

Indo-European Languages Originated in Pontic-Caspian Steppe, Research Suggests
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/linguistics/science-indo-european-languages-originated-pontic-caspian-steppe-02516.html

Is “massive migration from the steppe … a source for Indo-European languages in Europe”?
http://languagesoftheworld.info/historical-linguistics/massive-migration-steppe-source-indo-european-languages-europe.html

Europe’s Languages Were Carried From the East, DNA Shows
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/03/150303-human-dna-europe-language-archaeology/

Language Origins Challenged at the University of Adelaide
http://www.training.com.au/ed/language-origins-challenged-university-adelaide/

Resilient
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/resilient

Aboriginal protesters confront Premier
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/26729560/aboriginal-protesters-confront-premier/

Aboriginal community closure: intense rally at Parliament House
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/aboriginal-community-closure-intense-rally-at-parliament-house-20150319-1m30d0.html

Kisses and Hugs in the Office
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/12/the-xo-factor/309174/


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