When Did Roma Leave India?—New Discovery or Corroboration of Old Theor...

Nov 26, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in January 2013.] (Thanks to Yaron Matras for his help with researching this post.) As was highlighted in my earlier mini-series on the history of English, popular media reports on scientific...

read more

New Maps of Eurasian DNA from Oleg Balanovsky

Oct 26, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in May 2013] The recent doctoral dissertation by Russian geneticist Oleg Balanovsky, Variability of gene pool in space and time: Data synthesis, genogeography, mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome,...

read more

Mother tongue comes from your (prehistoric) father, or does it?

Sep 22, 2011 by

According to a recent study, conducted by Peter Forster and Colin Renfrew of the University of Cambridge and discussed in Science Daily, “language change among our prehistoric ancestors came about via the arrival of immigrant...

read more

On the Austronesian Homeland

May 30, 2011 by

In response to my posting on the Japanese homeland and the connection between Japanese and Austronesian languages, Kalvin Vasques expressed some doubts about the Out-of-Taiwan theory of Austronesian homeland. The key to the...

read more

Modern Hebrew: old or new? (Part 4: Conclusion)

May 23, 2011 by

In a recent series of postings, I have considered the question of whether Modern Hebrew is a modified, modernized version of the “old”, Biblical Hebrew, or a newly constructed language based more on such Indo-European...

read more

Which language is the oldest?

Apr 22, 2011 by

I hear this question a lot, or claims that this or that language is “the oldest”. Recently, this question has come up again in connection with the research on the birthplace of human language, published recently in...

read more