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Prometheus or Amirani. An updated study on the Pre-Greek substrate and its origins 348


Giampaolo T.
Professor of Linguistics, Padua State University, Italy

Kitselis P.
Professor of Linguistics, Padua State University, Italy

In the late 80s and early 90s, Colin Renfrew presented his Anatolian hypothesis. According to him, the agrarian revolution begun in Anatolia, and from there, it spread out in Europe. He supposed that these farmers were carriers of the Proto-Indo-European language, but his theory had weak support from Indo-European linguists. Some questions then arise: What language(s) was introduced in the Ægean islands and mainland Greece by these early farmers? Can we figure out the affiliations of the Minoan language? A different agrarian hypothesis will be shown in these pages, unrelated to the Indo-European and Semitic language families. It instead is featuring a new language family that encompasses the Ægean, Anatolia, Caucasus and the Near East.

Keywords: learning, behavior, motivation, conditioned response, trial and error, insight

Column: Problems of Modern Linguistics


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