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The horse, the wheel and language (2007)

af David W. Anthony

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Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early speakers of this ancient mother tongue, and how did they manage to spread it around the globe? Until now their identity has remained a tantalizing mystery to linguists, archaeologists, and even Nazis seeking the roots of the Aryan race. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language lifts the veil that has long shrouded these original Indo-European speakers, and reveals how their domestication of horses and use of the wheel spread language and transformed civilization. Linking prehistoric archaeological remains with the development of language, David Anthony identifies the prehistoric peoples of central Eurasia's steppe grasslands as the original speakers of Proto-Indo-European, and shows how their innovative use of the ox wagon, horseback riding, and the warrior's chariot turned the Eurasian steppes into a thriving transcontinental corridor of communication, commerce, and cultural exchange. He explains how they spread their traditions and gave rise to important advances in copper mining, warfare, and patron-client political institutions, thereby ushering in an era of vibrant social change. Anthony also describes his fascinating discovery of how the wear from bits on ancient horse teeth reveals the origins of horseback riding. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language solves a puzzle that has vexed scholars for two centuries--the source of the Indo-European languages and English--and recovers a magnificent and influential civilization from the past.… (mere)
Nyligt tilføjet afBonnieLaur, dnagdeman, thewaysof, wickenden, souci, revatait, Buchvogel, Hpriley3
Efterladte bibliotekerTim Spalding
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    In Search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archaeology, and Myth af J. P. Mallory (timspalding)
    timspalding: Same topic, more digestible—and I think enjoyable—presentation.
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    Early Riders: The Beginnings of Mounted Warfare in Asia and Europe af Robert Drews (AndreasJ)
    AndreasJ: Anthony and Drews represent, and argue eloquently for, very different views of the importance of riding before the Iron Age.
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    The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language af John McWhorter (timspalding)
  4. 00
    Vejen til verden af i dag af Jared Diamond (tcg17321)
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    Empires of the Word : a Language History of the World af Nicholas Ostler (timspalding)
    timspalding: More fun linguistic "Big History."
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Finally a reasonable and thorough exposition of the story of Indo-European mysteries presented with authority and vision. Highly recommended. ( )
  wickenden | Mar 8, 2021 |
Despite not having any interest in archeology I found this fascinating and am deeply impressed by the ingenuity of research that allows us to learn something about cultures we have so little tangible evidence of. ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Dec 23, 2020 |
What DO I think of it? It is a hefty book, absolutely very interedting, but at this point in time I can't read it. I just seem to be unable to let my brain cooperate with me and let me grasp and digest what I read.
What I did read (6 chapters) was good, but when you need to reread a chapter when in a following chapter a reference is made and you have no idea why or whereto, that's not good. It also takes the fun out of reading.
I therefore decided to stop reading and hand this book to the person who rewuested it.
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 27, 2018 |
Indo-European languages are now some of the most widely spoken languages in the world. The Indo-European languages and the cultures and traditions associated with them which have influenced most of the world have come from a shared source known as proto-Indo-European language.

The main purpose of the book is to trace the proto-Indo-European and its evolution through a study of philological and archaeological sources. The author here makes the case for the Pontic-Caspian steppes as the homeland of proto-Indo-European language based on linguistic and archaeological evidences.

The first part was very fascinating. It deals with the linguistic part where the author discusses the various techniques of reconstructing the proto-Indo-European language and how the language can throw some important light on the culture and traditions of the speakers of the language.

The second part deals with the archaeological sites of various Bronze Age cultures in the Pontic-Caspian steppes. This was a bit difficult to go through because of my lack of knowledge in eastern European geography and the amount of detailed information we are given regarding the various archaeological sites.
The author provides us a lot of data, numbers and graphs regarding the pottery, animal bones, burial postures etc. Rather too many of those details making it a little confusing.

On the whole, this is a very well researched and informative work with extensive footnotes and bibliography that takes on a fascinating journey through the Bronze age cultures and does a good job of showing how the Proto-Indo-European and it's daughter languages might have spread.
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  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
How bronze-age riders from the Eurasian steppes shaped the modern world.
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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The Horse, the Wheel, and Language” brings together the work of historical linguists and archaeologists, researchers who have traditionally been suspicious of one another’s methods. Though parts of the book will be penetrable only by scholars, it lays out in intricate detail the complicated genealogy of history’s most successful language.
 
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Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early speakers of this ancient mother tongue, and how did they manage to spread it around the globe? Until now their identity has remained a tantalizing mystery to linguists, archaeologists, and even Nazis seeking the roots of the Aryan race. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language lifts the veil that has long shrouded these original Indo-European speakers, and reveals how their domestication of horses and use of the wheel spread language and transformed civilization. Linking prehistoric archaeological remains with the development of language, David Anthony identifies the prehistoric peoples of central Eurasia's steppe grasslands as the original speakers of Proto-Indo-European, and shows how their innovative use of the ox wagon, horseback riding, and the warrior's chariot turned the Eurasian steppes into a thriving transcontinental corridor of communication, commerce, and cultural exchange. He explains how they spread their traditions and gave rise to important advances in copper mining, warfare, and patron-client political institutions, thereby ushering in an era of vibrant social change. Anthony also describes his fascinating discovery of how the wear from bits on ancient horse teeth reveals the origins of horseback riding. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language solves a puzzle that has vexed scholars for two centuries--the source of the Indo-European languages and English--and recovers a magnificent and influential civilization from the past.

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