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Theories Of Indigeneity And Their Like Among The Slovenes

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Theories of indigeneity and similar conjectures on the origin of the Slovenes have a surprisingly long tradition among the Slovenes and on the Slovene territory. This chapter presents an overview of the theories of indigeneity among the Slovenes. It shows somewhat more attention to the historical issues relating to the theories of indigeneity. The chapter points out some basic methodological errors attributed to the "indigenists" by critics of the linguistic and archaeological issues involved. It is quite typical of all theories of indigeneity, or their parts claiming linguistic evidence, that their starting-point is the method of comparing words by their external similarity, a method long since transcended in comparative linguistics. Historical, archaeological, philological, and other arguments clearly show that the theories of indigeneity are baseless. They are a historical myth that wishes to give national history an image it never had.

Keywords: historical myth; indigenists; Slovenes; theories of indigeneity



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