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ABGESAGT: Linguistics and Population Genetics:  Reconstructing the origins of  Latin America’s Black populations (Gastvortrag)

Lecturer(s)Prof. Dr. Armin Schwegler (University of California)
Contact personMarta Rodríguez García
DateTuesday, 17th March 2020, 16:00 - 18:00
LocationSeminar für Iberoromanistik, Maiengasse 51, Raum 105

Leider müssen wir Ihnen mitteilen, dass der Gastvortrag abgesagt wurde. Ein alternativer Termin steht noch nicht fest.


Less than a quarter century ago, reconstructing the  precise  sub-Saharan origins of descendants of African slaves in the Americas seemed like an impossible task.  This was so for at least two reasons: (1) historical records of the transatlantic slave trade were haphazard, and (2) slaves had originated from so many parts of West Africa that specific speech communities in the New World were a priori thought to be the result of heavy ethno-linguistic mixing.


This talk explains how the past 25 years of research have dramatically reversed this former situation, so much so that today some Black speech communities (e.g., El Palenque de San Basilio, Colombia) can be traced to highly specific locations in Africa.


Key to this discovery of “Africa roots” has been a multidisciplinary approach that combines historical linguistics with population genetic (DNA) research.   A main goal of this talk is to demonstrate how this multi-pronged approach to the origins question has led to the discovery of highly specific African roots.