Language, culture, and environment – methods and models for reconstructing prehistoric migrations
Gerd Carling, Associate Professor General Linguistics, Dr.Phil. Comparative Linguistics and Sanskrit
Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
November 26, 15.30–17.00, Gäddan8, room 508
“The seminar will deal with the methods and models for reconstructing prehistoric migrations, i.e., migrations not attested in written sources. The role of sustainability in relation to environment and its influence on linguistic and cultural stability and change will be in focus. The topic will be discussed from several aspects, and advantages and disadvantages of various methods and models will be discussed.
Furthermore, the applicability of various data types, such as basic vocabulary, culture vocabulary, cultural feature data, archaeological data, or geographic data in relation to methods such as comparative method, phylogeny, or geographical method, will be dealt with. Several test cases from various time periods and geographic areas will be brought into discussion: Indo-European migrations, migrations of Romani, as well as the situation in pre-colonial Amazonia.”