How old is the Indo-European language family?
Atkinson, Q.D. & Gray, R.D. (2006). How old is the Indo-European language family? Progress or more moths to the flame? In: Phylogenetic Methods and the Prehistory of Languages. Cambridge: The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 91-109.
In this chapter, we outline how techniques derived from evolutionary biology can be adapted to test between competing hypotheses about the age of the Indo-European language family. We argue that these techniques are a useful supplement to traditional methods in historical linguistics. This chapter is a development and extension of previous work on the application of phylogenetic methods to the study of language evolution (Gray & Atkinson 2003; Atkinson & Gray 2006; Atkinson et al. 2005).
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