The Silk Road: Language and Population Admixture and Replacement

  • Dan XuEmail author
  • Shaoqing Wen


This paper investigates the (non-)correlation between languages and genes on the Silk Road. It is expected to provide a clear picture of human migration history between Central Asia and East Asia. It aims to study models of language formation and replacement on the Silk Road after the 13th century AD. Combining natural sciences and human sciences enables us to overcome the limits of traditional methodology in historical linguistics. In light of biological and archeological research results, where dating is based on concrete materials, our investigation will trace language ancestry on the Silk Road over the same timescales. Diachronic linguistics needs new approaches to go beyond its chronological limits.


Silk Road Dominance Model Paternal Lineage Mongolic Language Autonomous County 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO)ParisFrance
  2. 2.CRLAO (CNRS)ParisFrance
  3. 3.MOE Key Laboratory of Contemporary Anthropology, School of Life SciencesFudan UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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