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PhD project

The prehistoric origin and spread of the Indo-Iranian languages

A linguistic test of hypotheses rooted in genetics and archaeology.

How did the Indo-Iranian languages, a branch of the Indo-European language family, end up being spoken in Asia? Recent studies on ancient DNA suggest that prehistoric Indo-Iranian speakers migrated from the Indo-European homeland in the Ukrainian Steppe all the way to Asia – but not without going through Central Europe. This project will test this hypothesis by comparing linguistic evidence to archaeology and genetics to better understand the prehistoric spread of the Indo-Iranian languages.

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