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A linguist's view: Khoe-Kwadi speakers as the earliest food-producers of southern Africa


Güldemann, Tom (2008). A linguist's view: Khoe-Kwadi speakers as the earliest food-producers of southern Africa. Southern African Humanities, 20:93-132.

Abstract

I propose that the spread of pastoralism into southern Africa is associated with a Pre-Bantu population that was originally characterized by the following profile: it spoke a language of the Khoe-Kwadi family which was structurally closer to Kwadi than to Proto-Khoe; had a stone-age food-producing culture with a focus on pastoralism; and did not have a typical southern African Khoisan genetic profile. This hypothesis implies that not all groups lumped together in the spurious category of 'southern African Khoisan' emerged within southern Africa and were 'pristine' hunter-gatherers. Several indications regarding the possible origin of this population in East Africa are also discussed.

I propose that the spread of pastoralism into southern Africa is associated with a Pre-Bantu population that was originally characterized by the following profile: it spoke a language of the Khoe-Kwadi family which was structurally closer to Kwadi than to Proto-Khoe; had a stone-age food-producing culture with a focus on pastoralism; and did not have a typical southern African Khoisan genetic profile. This hypothesis implies that not all groups lumped together in the spurious category of 'southern African Khoisan' emerged within southern Africa and were 'pristine' hunter-gatherers. Several indications regarding the possible origin of this population in East Africa are also discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:19 Feb 2009 10:41
Last Modified:04 May 2016 07:39
Publisher:Natal Museum
ISSN:1681-5564
Official URL:http://www.sahumanities.org.za/HomePage1.aspx

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