I am writing to inform that http://www.continuitas.org/, the official website of the Palaeolithic Continuity Paradigm for the Origins of Indo-European Languages has been recently renewed.
Since the beginning of comparative philology, the origins of Indo-Europeans and their arrival in their historical locations have been a controversial issue. Two major current theories suggest a late invasion from East Europe in the Bronze Age or a demic dispersion from Anatolia as consequence of early Neolithic civilization. In the Nineties, three archaeologists (Alexander Häusler, Marcel Otte and Homer L. Thomas) and three linguists (Mario Alinei, Gabriele Costa and Cicerone Poghirc), all independently from one another, presented a new theory of Indo-European (IE) origins, claiming uninterrupted continuity from Palaeolithic also for IE people and languages (for the most part of other languages and groups – such as Australian, Northern American, African, Chinese, and Uralic – the continuity from prehistory is a normally accepted fact). At this stage, the obligatory term to designate this reconstruction was “theory”. Since the beginning of the last decade, however, more and more scholars have worked on the same line, testing and applying the theory successfully on an increasing number of geographic areas, prehistoric periods and cultural topics, bringing new evidence for the foundation of what seems now more appropriate to call a true “paradigm”.
The workgroup engaged with the website argues that the appearance of Indo-Europeans coincides with the first regional settlement of Homo Sapiens Sapiens in the Middle/Upper Paleolithic, and proposes a comprehensive, interdisciplinary framework for the Indo-European origins: the Paleolithic Continuity Paradigm (PCP). The website makes available texts, bibliography, debates and news related the PCP. The workgroup includes archaeologists (Marcel Otte and Alexander Hausler), linguists (Franco Cavazza, Jean Le Dû, Maria Goudi, Alfio Lanaia, Rosa Ronzitti), anthropologists (Gaetano Forni, Henry Harpendig, Cesare Poppi, Matteo Meschiari) and historians (Fernanda Frazão, Paolo Galloni, Gabriela Morais).
More than 150 academic articles are currently available (data at July 2010), together with an Introduction in progress, a section of Scientific News and Debates and a section of Announcements. Texts are indexed per author and per subject (1. Theoretical Texts And Synthesis. 2. Main Linguistic Areas [2.1. Neo-Italid: 2.1.1. General; 2.1.2. Corsica; 2.1.3. Galicia; 2.1.4. Portugal; 2.1.5. France - Occitania; 2.1.6. Alpine Region; 2.1.7. Italy. 2.2. Celtic. 2.3. Germanic. 2.4. Greek. 2.5. Indian. 2.6. Non-Indo-European Languages: 2.7.1. Uralic; 2.7.2. Etruscan]. 3. Continuity From Main Prehistoric Periods [3.1. Paleolithic; 3.2. Mesolithic; 3.3. Neolithic; 3.4. Metal Ages]).
The scientific committee is composed of Mario Alinei (University of Utrecht), Xaverio Ballester (University of Valencia) and Francesco Benozzo (University of Bologna).
Francesco Benozzo (M.A., Ph.D, Ph.D)
Università di Bologna
Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere
Via Cartoleria, 5
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