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Millet and beans, language and genes. The origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian family.

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 2˙000˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙000˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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 Project objective

'The question about the origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian languages (i.e. Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic and Turkic) is one of the most disputed issues in linguistic history. Eurasia3angle will address this question from an interdisciplinary perspective. My key objective is to effectively synthesize linguistic, archaeological and genetic evidence in a single approach, for which I use the term 'triangulation'. To this end, my project will bring together a highly qualified interdisciplinary team of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers along with world-eminent experts, who will focus on testing the Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis for the Transeurasian languages. The FLDH attributes the dispersal of some of the world's major language families to the adoption of agriculture and subsequent population expansion, whereby the language of new farmers displaced that of preexisting hunter gatherers. In contrast to its application to the major language families in East Asia, the FLDH has not been tested yet for the Transeurasian languages. My research team will specifically investigate the hypothesis that the Transeurasian languages derive from a homeland in South Manchuria and that their early dispersal should be associated with the spread of cultivation of millet and beans. For this purpose, we will use advanced techniques recently introduced to the individual disciplines, such as the application of phylogenetic methods to linguistic classification, a focus on derivational morphology in the reconstruction of subsistence-related language, a matrix-based comparison of archaeological cultures and a model-based approach applied to genome-wide autosomal data. Converging these partial perspectives into a more holistic understanding of what really happened in the past is quite a challenge. However, if successful, this research will be a break-through in the investigation of human prehistory in general and in the long-standing Transeurasian debate in particular.



year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Hong-Bing Yao, Chuan-Chao Wang, Xiaolan Tao, Lei Shang, Shao-Qing Wen, Bofeng Zhu, Longli Kang, Li Jin, Hui Li
Genetic evidence for an East Asian origin of Chinese Muslim populations Dongxiang and Hui
published pages: 38656, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep38656
Scientific Reports 6/1 2019-05-30
2017 John Whitman, Mark J. Hudson
Millets, rice, and farming/language dispersals in East Asia
published pages: 147-151, ISSN: 2210-5824, DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00702004
Language Dynamics and Change 7/2 2019-05-30
2017 Hong-Bing Yao, Senwei Tang, Xiaotian Yao, Hui-Yuan Yeh, Wanhu Zhang, Zhiyan Xie, Qiajun Du, Liying Ma, Shuoyun Wei, Xue Gong, Zilong Zhang, Quanfang Li, Bingying Xu, Hu-Qin Zhang, Gang Chen, Chuan-Chao Wang
The genetic admixture in Tibetan-Yi Corridor
published pages: 522-532, ISSN: 0002-9483, DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23291
American Journal of Physical Anthropology 164/3 2019-05-30
2017 Hong-Bing Yao, Chuan-Chao Wang, Jiang Wang, Xiaolan Tao, Lei Shang, Shao-Qing Wen, Qiajun Du, Qiongying Deng, Bingying Xu, Ying Huang, Hong-Dan Wang, Shujin Li, Bin Cong, Liying Ma, Li Jin, Johannes Krause, Hui Li
Genetic structure of Tibetan populations in Gansu revealed by forensic STR loci
published pages: 41195, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep41195
Scientific Reports 7 2019-05-30
2017 Xiaotian Yao, Senwei Tang, Beilei Bian, Xiaoli Wu, Gang Chen, Chuan-Chao Wang
Improved phylogenetic resolution for Y-chromosome Haplogroup O2a1c-002611
published pages: 1146, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-01340-z
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-05-30
2017 Robert D. Drennan, Christian E. Peterson, Xueming Lu (吕学明), Tao Li (李涛)
Hongshan households and communities in Neolithic northeastern China
published pages: 50-71, ISSN: 0278-4165, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2017.03.002
Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 47 2019-05-30
2017 Martine Robbeets
The Transeurasian Languages
published pages: 586-626, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1017/9781107279872.023
Part II - Case Studies for Areal Linguistics 2019-05-30
2017 Robbeets, Martine
Proto-Transeurasian: where and when?
published pages: 19-46, ISSN: 0025-1569, DOI:
Man in India: an international journal of anthropology 97. / 1 2019-05-30
2017 Martine Robbeets
Austronesian influence and Transeurasian ancestry in Japanese
published pages: 210-251, ISSN: 2210-5824, DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00702005
Language Dynamics and Change 7/2 2019-05-30
2017 Martine Robbeets
The development of finiteness in the Transeurasian languages
published pages: , ISSN: 0024-3949, DOI: 10.1515/ling-2017-0004
Linguistics 55/3 2019-05-30
2019 Choongwon Jeong, Shevan Wilkin, Tsend Amgalantugs, Abigail Bouwman, William Taylor, Richard Hagan, Sabri Bromage, Soninkhishig Tsolmon, Christian Trachsel, Jonas Grossmann, Judith Littleton, Cheryl Makarewicz, John Krigbaum, Marta Burri, Ashley Scott, Ganmaa Davaasambuu, Joshua Wright, Franziska Irmer, Erdene Myagmar, Nicole Boivin, Martine Robbeets, Frank Rühli, Johannes Krause, Bruno Frohlich, Jessica Hendy, and Christina Warinner
Bronze Age population dynamics and the rise of dairy pastoralism on the eastern Eurasian steppe.
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PNAS 2019-04-18

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