Symposium on Indo-European food

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Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)

Symposium on April 11, 2024

Registration by 4th April at the latest

11 April, 11:15 a.m. SYMPOSIUM

Indo-European Food: Linguistic, Archaeological and Biomolecular Perspectives


The symposium Indo-European Food – Linguistic, Archaeological, and Biomolecular Perspectives aims to explore the intricate relationships between the spread of Indo-European languages, the archaeological evidence of food production and consumption patterns, and biomolecular insights into ancient diets. This interdisciplinary event brings together leading experts from linguistics, archaeology, and biomolecular sciences to discuss the latest research findings and theoretical frameworks that illuminate the role of food in the migration, settlement, and cultural integration of Indo-European populations.

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  1. Ernie in Berkeley said,

    March 19, 2024 @ 1:55 pm

    I wonder whether this will be streamed. I'm fascinated by food history.

  2. Rodger C said,

    March 19, 2024 @ 2:22 pm

    On the "daughter" post:

    Persian has amu and ame for paternal uncle and aunt, respectively.

    Amu Darya = Old Man River?

  3. martin schwartz said,

    March 19, 2024 @ 11:27 pm

    Re the "daughter" post: MPers. had both duxtar- from the OPers
    acc. duxtaram, and duxt from the OPers. nom. duxtā. Similarly
    the words for mother, father, brother, sister, and son.
    The -tā nom. of kinship words goes back to Indo-Iranian.
    So, (-)duxt is not an "abbreviated" form of duxtar, but a conservation.
    IE' daughter'as milkmaid is an old romantic notion, mainly fallen by the wayside; there are various phonological and semantic problems
    with this etym.

  4. martin schwartz said,

    March 19, 2024 @ 11:48 pm

    There is an Indo-European Foods Inc. in Southern California.
    I once used their Indo-European™ rice bag as a book bag at an
    Indo-European Conference. It had siyāh-dom 'black-tail' (a rice variety)
    in Arabo-Perfsian script.
    Martin Schwartz

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