George van Driem

Leiden University




A new Austroasiatic homeland


Scholars have sought to situate the Austroasiatic Urheimat as far west as the Indus valley and as far east as the Yangtze delta or insular Southeast Asia. The principal contenders today for the Austroasiatic homeland are the Indian sub-continent, mainland Southeast Asia and the middle Yangtze. Genetic, archaeological, palaeobotanical and linguistic evidence will be examined to present the case for a new Austroasiatic homeland.