Eurasia3angle is the acronym of a new research group headed by Martine Robbeets at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant, the group will work on “Millet and beans, language and genes. The origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian family.”
The question about the origin and dispersal of the Transeurasian languages is among the most disputed issues in linguistic history. In Eurasia3angle, we will address this question from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our key objective is to integrate linguistic, archaeological and genetic evidence in a single approach, for which we use the term “Triangulation”.
The term “Transeurasian” refers to a large group of geographically adjacent languages, stretching from the Pacific in the East to the Baltic and the Mediterranean in the West, that include up to five different linguistic families: Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic, and Turkic.
Although most linguists would agree that these languages are historically related, they disagree on the precise nature of this relationship: are all similarities generated by borrowing or are some residues of inheritance?