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Media: Farming and Language-Spread?

Submitter: linguist

Submitter Email: linguist@linguistlist.org
Media Body: The New York Times published in its Science section on Monday, May, 6
2003, an article on a book written by Dr. Jared Diamond of the
University of California at Los Angeles and Dr. Peter Bellwood of the
Australian National University. This book claims -- in a way that is
reminiscent of Colin Renfrew's thesis on Indo-European -- tha
language families show the geographical distribution they do because
of the spread of farming, which caused the expansion of the languages
spoken by those population groups which had taken up farming as a way
of life.

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Issue Number: 14.1295
Date Posted: May 07, 2003

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