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  • The Pan-European Asiatic language family probably originated from the spread of agriculture in China about 9,000 years ago

  •  Release time: 2021-11-16 Clicks: 1359  
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    Science and Technology Daily reporter Zhang Mengran

        The pan-European Asian languages - including Japanese, Korean, Tunguska, Mongolian and Turkic - may all have originated in China about 9,000 years ago and spread through the development of agriculture, according to a linguistic study published in the British journal Nature on the 10th。The study helps shed light on an important period in the history of eastern Eurasian languages。

      Pan-european Asiatic languages spread throughout Eurasia, from Japan, Korea, and Siberia in the east to Turkey in the west。Despite its high prevalence, the origin and spread of pan-European Asiatic languages has been highly debated, complicated by population spread, agricultural development, and linguistic spread。

      Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human History in Germany have combined three disciplines - historical linguistics, ancient DNA studies and archaeology - to find that the pan-European Asiatic language family can be traced back to ancient farmers growing millet in the Liaohe Valley in northeast China about 9,000 years ago。These farmers later moved across Northeast Asia, bringing the pan-European Asiatic family to Siberia and the steppes to the north and west, and to Korea and Japan to the east。

      The findings challenge the "pastoralist hypothesis," which holds that pan-European Asiatic languages originated more recently, around 2000 to 1000 BC, and were spread by pastoralists migrating outward from the eastern steppes。