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The Horse, the Wheel, and Language by David W. Anthony

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CHAPTER SIX

The Archaeology of Language

A language homeland implies a bounded space of some kind. How can we define those boundaries? Can ancient linguistic frontiers be identified through archaeology?

Let us first define our terms. It would be helpful if anthropologists used the same vocabulary used in geography. According to geographers, the word border is neutral—it has no special or restricted meaning. A frontier is a specific kind of border—a transitional zone with some depth, porous to cross-border movement, and very possibly dynamic and moving. A frontier can be cultural, like the Western frontier of European settlement in North America, ...

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