This blog collects proposed prehistoric lexical borrowings from the perspective of Proto-Indo-European. Entries are primarily extracted from my master’s thesis “Foreign elements in the Proto-Indo-European vocabulary” (Bjørn 2017); please let me know if you think important comparanda are missing. Comments are encouraged at the bottom of each entry.

So please join the conversation!

Bjørn (2017) Foreign elements in the Proto-Indo-European vocabulary [PDF]

The thesis was lauded with the 2nd prize in the Indogermanische Gesellschaft MA competition 2018:

“very relevant and  interesting, but also extremely difficult topic for the first time in a systematic way. Especially due to the implications for the  (pre)historical background, this is really interesting work.”

More about this page (external links):