Edward J. Vajda

Affiliation: 
Western Washington University
Talk Title: 
Language and Genes Across Bering Strait: Dene-Yeniseian and the Peopling of the Americas
Event Type: 
Linguistics Lecture Series
Semester: 
Fall 2014
Date: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 pm
Location: 
Harriman Hall 137

Archaeology, human genetics, linguistics and folklore studies can offer seemingly contradictory evidence of human prehistory when in fact they tell different parts of a single story. This presentation unites evidence from these disparate fields into a new synthesis by explaining what the Dene-Yeniseian hypothesis, which links the Ket language isolate of Central Siberia with North America’s Na-Dene family, reveals about the peopling of the Americas out of North Asia in the late Pleistocene and Early Holocene.