Modelling prehistory from language distribution: the Karnic example

Anthony Jefferies

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    Languages do not spread in a vacuum. They are not self-contained linguistic events but contingent on the history or prehistory more broadly, as Heggarty (2015:600) describes it, the result of: processes in the real-world context - demographic growth or collapse, migrations, conquest, or more subtle socio-political and cultural changes - are the cause; they alone determine entirely the linguistic effects of divergence, diversity and convergence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLanguage Land & Song: Studies in Honour of Luise Hercus
    EditorsP K Austin, H Koch & J Simpson
    Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
    PublisherEL Publishing
    ISBN (Print)9780728604063
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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