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Phylogenetic models of language change: three new questions

Gray, Russell D; Greenhill, Simon J; Atkinson, Quentin D

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Computational methods derived from evolutionary biology are increasingly being applied to the study of cultural evolution. This is particularly the case in studies of language evolution, where phylogenetic methods have recently been used to test hypotheses about divergence dates, rates of lexical change, borrowing, and putative language universals. This chapter outlines three new and related questions that could be productively tackled with computational phylogenetic methods: What drives...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGray, Russell D
dc.contributor.authorGreenhill, Simon J
dc.contributor.authorAtkinson, Quentin D
dc.contributor.editorPeter J. Richerson
dc.contributor.editorMorten H. Christiansen
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-07T02:21:18Z
dc.date.available2014-04-07T02:21:18Z
dc.identifier.citationGra, R.D., Greenhill, S.J. & Atkinson, Q.D. (2013). Phylogenetic models of language change: three new questions. In P. J. Richerson & M. H. Christiansen (Eds.), Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion. Cambridge: MIT Press.
dc.identifier.isbn978-0-262-01975-0
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/11537
dc.description.abstractComputational methods derived from evolutionary biology are increasingly being applied to the study of cultural evolution. This is particularly the case in studies of language evolution, where phylogenetic methods have recently been used to test hypotheses about divergence dates, rates of lexical change, borrowing, and putative language universals. This chapter outlines three new and related questions that could be productively tackled with computational phylogenetic methods: What drives language diversifi cation? What drives differences in the rate of linguistic change (disparity)? Can we identify cultural and linguistic homelands?
dc.format16 pages
dc.publisherMIT Press
dc.relation.ispartofCultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.rights© MIT Press
dc.source.urihttps://mitpress.mit.edu/books/cultural-evolution
dc.subjectphylogenetic
dc.subjectlanguage
dc.subjectmodels
dc.titlePhylogenetic models of language change: three new questions
dc.typeJournal article
dc.date.issued2013
local.identifier.absfor060311 - Speciation and Extinction
local.identifier.absfor200320 - Pacific Languages
local.identifier.absfor060309 - Phylogeny and Comparative Analysis
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5232172xPUB2
local.publisher.urlhttps://mitpress.mit.edu/
local.type.statusPublished version
local.contributor.affiliationGreenhill, Simon J, School of Culture, History and Language, The Australian National University
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/de12010195
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage285
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage300
local.identifier.absseo950599 - Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absseo970120 - Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T02:43:39Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCambridge, MA and London
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