Article ID: CBB001211637

The Rise and Fall and Revival of the Ibero-Caucasian Hypothesis (2008)


The hypothesis that the three indigenous Caucasian language stocks (Abkhaz-Adyghean, Nakh-Daghestanian, and Kartvelian) are genetically related has little support at the present day among linguists specializing in these languages. Nonetheless, the so-called `Ibero-Caucasian' hypothesis had strong institutional backing in Soviet Caucasology, especially in Georgia, and continues to be invoked in certain contemporary discourses of a political and identitarian nature. In this paper the history of the Ibero-Caucasian hypothesis will be presented against the background of research into the autochthonous languages of the North and South Caucasus, and also in connection with the historiographic debate over the relation of Abkhazia to Georgia. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Authors & Contributors
Kaplan, Judith R. H.
Ashworth, E. Jennifer
Barriga Villanueva, Rebeca
Bastardas-Boada, Albert
Chemla, Karine Carole
Considine, John
Historiographia Linguistica: International Journal for the History of the Language Sciences
History of the Human Sciences
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Critical Inquiry
History and Technology
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios
J. Vrin, Impr. de la Manutention
Lit Verlag GmbH & Co.
University of Pittsburgh Press
Editions de linguistique et de philologie.
Linguistics; philology
Language and languages
Historical linguistics
Indigenous peoples; indigeneity
Science and culture
Science, general histories
Acosta, José de
Auerbach, Erich
Bodde, Derk
Campbell, Alexander Duncan
Ellis, Francis Whyte
Foucault, Michel
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
17th century
20th century, late
21st century
Alexandria (Egypt)
Soviet Union

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