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3910IE - HU3910 Indo-European Homeland Culture Linguistic...

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HU3910 Indo-European Homeland, Culture, Linguistic Reconstruction What archaeology can tell us; language records Written 3250 BCE Mesopotamian records Spoken? 50,000-100,000 BCE Reconstruction of Indo-European: Reconstructed words marked with * The IE culture (3-4000 BC) body: heart, lungs, head, foot nature: air, night, star, snow, sun, moon, wind plants, animals: beech, turtle, corn, wolf, salmon, bear culture: yoke, mead, weave, sew taboo words Indo-European Concepts, Common Words Words for: family count metal (gold, silver?) wheeled vehicles small farmers multiple gods patriarchal, hierarchical culture death and religion Homeland: alder, ash, aspen, beech, birch, elm, hazel, linden, oak, yew wolf, bear, lax, bees, turtles but not: sea/ocean, palm tree, any tropical animals 1
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Note particularly: range of turtles where salmon swim beech trees Gimbutas: Kurgan culture fifth-third millenia BC mounds horse-mounted warrior culture with wheeled chariots End of common culture 3500-2500 BC Renfrew: Spread of agriculture (starting 7000 years ago)
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  • Spring '08
  • BERGVALL
  • Indo-European languages, Germanic languages, Proto-Indo-European language, Balto-Slavic languages, Germanic Satem languages

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