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Discrepancies in Mapping Persian/Farsi in Iran

By Martin W. Lewis | July 1, 2013 | 36 Comments

GeoCurrents is deeply concerned with language mapping, as we find maps of language distribution to be highly useful and, if done properly, aesthetically appealing. But we also tend to be critical of linguistic cartography, as the spatial patterning of language is often too complex to be easily captured in maps. Dialect continua, zones of pervasive bilingualism, overlapping lingua francas, areas …

How Large Was the Area in Which Proto-Indo-European Was Spoken?

By Martin W. Lewis | October 27, 2012 | 48 Comments

As the current series on the origin and expansion of the Indo-European languages nears its completion, only a few remaining issues need to be discussed. Today‚Äôs post examines once again the mapping by Bouckaert et al. of the area likely occupied by the speakers of Proto-Indo-European (PIE). The focus here, however, is not on the location of this ancestral linguistic …

The Linguistic Geography of the Wikipedia

By Martin W. Lewis | April 18, 2011 | 12 Comments

One of the highlights of the Association of American Geographers meeting last week in Seattle was the annual Geography Bowl. Student teams competed to answer all manner of geographical questions, including a few that were devilishly difficult. The most impressive answer may have come in the final round, when the two remaining teams were asked

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