Lexicon Valley

In What Order Did Languages Arrive in Europe?

DNA analysis is revealing which speakers traveled where and when.

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Episode Notes

Which came first to the continent of Europe, the various Indo-European tongues or lonely, isolated Basque? And what about those unrelated languages in parts of Scandinavia? It turns out that our genes may contain the secrets to which speakers moved where and when they arrived.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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