Articles written in Journal of Biosciences
Volume 44 Issue 3 July 2019 Article ID 0062 Article
This paper addresses the theme of the seminar from the perspective of historical linguistics. It introduces the construct of
‘language family’ and then proceeds to a discussion of contact and the dynamics of linguistic exchange among the mainlanguage families of India over several millennia. Some prevalent hypotheses to explain the creation of India as a linguisticarea are presented. The ‘substratum view’ is critically assessed. Evidence from historical linguistics in support of twodominant hypotheses – ‘the Aryan migration view’ and ‘the out-of-India hypothesis’ – is presented and briefly assessed. Inconclusion, it is observed that the current understanding in historical linguistics favours the Aryan migration view, thoughthe ‘substratum view’ is questionable.
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