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Does Lateral Transmission Obscure Inheritance in Hunter-Gatherer Languages?

Bowern, Claire; Epps, Patience; Gray, Russell; Hill, Jane; Hunley, Keith; McConvell, Patrick; Zentz, Jason


In recent years, linguists have begun to increasingly rely on quantitative phylogenetic approaches to examine language evolution. Some linguists have questioned the suitability of phylogenetic approaches on the grounds that linguistic evolution is largely reticulate due to extensive lateral transmission, or borrowing, among languages. The problem may be particularly pronounced in hunter-gatherer languages, where the conventional wisdom among many linguists is that lexical borrowing rates are so...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011-09-27
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0025195


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