Archive for the 'Linguistics' Category

Genetics and linguistics play well together

A recent study in Nature News that I just read about is of interest to my field of graduate study, Indo-European linguistics. Of special interest to me, it ties in historical linguistics, the theory of evolution, and the nature of scientific inquiry in an interesting way. Historical linguists have long supposed a link between most […]

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Genetic map of Europe

Click to enlarge The New York Times has published an article on the results of a genetic study that sought to show the genetic interrelationships of the peoples of Europe. This is fascinating to me as an Indo-European linguist and someone interested in the early history of Europe. Looking at the map provided in the […]

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Mysteries of my field of study revealed: the Birth of Historical Linguistics

The third of a three part series. See the others here: Part 1: The Indo-Europeans Part 2: The Tools of the Trade ____________________________________________________ Earlier I made mention of the consistency of sound changes, what the nineteenth-century German grammarians called the Ausnahmslosigkeit der Lautgesetze (the “exceptionlessness of sound change”) . The catalyst for this principle, which was in […]

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Mysteries of my field of study revealed: the Tools of the Trade

The second of a three part series. See the others here: Part 1: The Indo-Europeans Part 3: The Birth of Historical Linguistics ____________________________________________________ My last post dealt with the more anthropological side of my discipline. Most of what we know about the history of the Indo-European people groups comes not from historical records per se, but from […]

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Mysteries of my field of study revealed: the Indo-Europeans

The first of a three part series. See the others here: Part 2: The Tools of the Trade Part 3: The Birth of Historical Linguistics ____________________________________________________ Germanic and Indo-European studies. What the heck is that? Well, let me start with a summary of the anthropological side of the discipline. And as throughout the entire series, please forgive […]

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007