Origins of ‘Transeurasian’ languages traced to Neolithic millet farmers

Origins of ‘Transeurasian’ languages traced to Neolithic millet farmers

Written by Reuters from the Guardian

Research finds language family that includes modern Japanese, Korean and Turkish spread largely due to agriculture

A study combining linguistic, genetic and archaeological evidence has traced the origins of the family of languages including modern Japanese, Korean, Turkish and Mongolian and the people who speak them to millet farmers who inhabited a region in northeastern China about 9,000 years ago.

The findings detailed on Wednesday document a shared genetic ancestry for the hundreds of millions of people who speak what the researchers call Transeurasian languages across an area stretching more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km).

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