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Lecture

On trees, waves and isoglosses

Date
9 July 2018
Time
Series
Summer School 2018 evening lectures
Address
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
0.03

Abstract

In this talk, I will look at some problems of the family tree of Iranian, and at some possible alternative approaches. I will argue that the traditional family tree is problematic not only because it was established at a time when many of the Iranian languages were not known yet, but also because the isoglosses on which it is based, and their selection, are highly problematic from a methodological point of view. In the last part, I will discuss how the comparatively recently discovered Bactrian material can contribute to a new approach.

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