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The Secondary Homelands of the Indo-European Languages (IG-AT2022)

Monday 5 September 2022 - Wednesday 7 September 2022
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden

Registration and fees

Booking closes on September 1. Note that conference tickets do not include the conference dinner, which has to be booked separately. The deadline for registration for the conference dinner is August 15. The fees for the conference tickets are: - Standard without dinner (€50) - Student/PhD without dinner (€25) - Online participation without dinner (€7) - Conference dinner (€35) Please register via the link below

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We are pleased to announce that the next Arbeitstagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft will be held from 5 to 7 September 2022 at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. The event is currently planned to take place on site with the possibility of online attendance. In case travel proves difficult, we may shift to a hybrid or completely online event.


The field of Indo-European Linguistics currently finds itself at the center of a scientific revolution. Complementing the traditional arguments from archaeology and historical linguistics, advances in the study of ancient DNA and stable isotopes have opened a new line of evidence on the human past. It is the task of Indo-European linguistics to confront the resulting new challenges and opportunities. While the debate on the Proto-Indo-European homeland has been addressed by several large cross-disciplinary studies, key questions remain concerning the movements, settlements and secondary centers of spread of the Indo-European daughter branches. The aim of this conference is to evaluate existing and explore new linguistic hypotheses concerning the routes and secondary homelands of the branches of Indo-European after the split of the proto-language.

Keynote speaker(s)

  • Prof. David Emil Reich, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Prof. em. James P. Mallory, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Preliminary Programme

8:30-9:00   Registration
9:00-9:05 Daniel Kölligan (President of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft)


9:05-9:30 Guus Kroonen and Michaël Peyrot Introduction
9:30-10:00 David Stifter  The Celticisation of the Western Archipelago 
10:00-10:30 Paulus van Sluis  The linguistic paleontology of beekeeping in Indo-European and Celtic
10:30-11:00   Coffee break
11:00-11:30  Andrew Wigman   Unde vēnis: Approximating the Proto-Italic homeland using substrate lexemes
11:30-12:00 Paul Widmer Detecting contact events between three Indo-European clades: Germanic, Celtic, Italic
12:00-12:30  Dariusz Piwowarczyk  Towards a cladistic approach to the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European roots
12:30-14:00    Lunch break
14:00-14:30  Olav Hackstein  Albanian and Balkan Indo-European 
14:30-15:00  Katsiaryna Ackermann, Joachim Matzinger and Mario Gavranovic   The Indo-Europeanization of the Balkans: Some new insights at the interface of archaeology, archaeogenetics and historical linguistics 
15:00-15:30  Julia Sturm  Local weather phenomena in the Indo-European daughter languages: A survey 
15:30-16:00    Coffee break
16:00-17:00 Jim Mallory  (Keynote lecture) Secondary homelands, primary problems
9:00-9:30 Hrach Martirosyan  Armenian animal designations
9:30-10:00 Zsolt Simon   The migration route of Proto-Armenian speakers in Neo-Hittite Anatolia: the evidence of loan contacts 
10:00-10:30 Rasmus Thorsø  Armenian and the early Yamnaya migrations 
10.30-11.00   Coffee break
11:00-11:30  Petr Kocharov  Proto-Armenian phonetic contact phenomena 
11:30-12:00 Louise Friis  Testing an Indo-Tocharian isogloss: *e/o-presents in Tocharian 
12:00-12:30  Stefan Norbruis  The position of Tocharian in the Indo-European language family 
12:30-14:00    Lunch break
14:00-14:30  Rasmus Bjørn  The Goldilocks Zone: Bronze Age Wanderwörter in Central Asia – Linguistic evidence for Indo-European in Afanasievo 
14:30-15:00  Abel Warries   Contacts between Tocharian and Uralic: when and where? 
15:00-15:30 Michaël Peyrot  The tertiary homeland of Tocharian: On the drivers and the chronology of the trajectory to the Tarim Basin 
15:30-16:00    Coffee break
17:30-18:30 David Reich  (Keynote lecture) The genetic history of the Southern Arc: a bridge between West Asia and Europe
19:00 onward   Conference dinner
9:00-9:30 Harald Bichlmeier

On the Slavic settlement of North-Eastern Bavaria  

9:30-10:00 Anthony Jakob   The West Uralic substrate and the Baltic homeland  
10:00-10:30 Eugen Hill   Secondary homelands of the Slavs and the evolution of Proto-Slavonic phonology  
10.30-11.00   Coffee break
11:00-11:30  Guus Kroonen, Anthony Jakob, Axel Palmér and Paulus van Sluis 


A Northwest Pontic homeland for the core Indo-European languages 
11:30-12:00 Axel Palmér   Assessing the value of Indo-Slavic lexical isoglosses as evidence for a Corded Ware origin of Indo-Iranian 
12:00-12:30  Thomas Olander and Simon Poulsen 

Indo-Iranian and Balto-Slavic 

12:30-14:00    Lunch break
14:00-14:30  Chams Bernard and Sampsa Holopainen   Iranian migrations: Uralic and Tocharian evidence  
14:30-15:00  Roland Pooth    Steppe burial rites and the building of a kurgan in the Atharvaveda 
15:00-15:30 Martin Kümmel  The homelands of Indo-Iranic 
15:30-16:00    Coffee break

Discussion session

16:50-17:00 Guus Kroonen and Michaël Peyrot  Closing remarks


Conference proceedings will be published with Reichert Verlag. The deadline for final drafts of accepted papers is 30 November 2022.

We look forward to welcoming you in Leiden! If you need a hotel, please check this PDF for suggestions.

The chairs,

Guus Kroonen & Michaël Peyrot — with the assistance of Axel I. Palmér & Louise S. Friis.

On behalf of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft, Daniel Kölligan, Agnes Korn & Birgit Olsen.

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