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Demographic Correlates of Language Diversity

Greenhill, Simon


Why do some languages change at a different rate to others? What causes one language to change faster than another? Why do some language families have many languages and why do some families only have a few? According to the latest version of the Ethnologue (Lewis 2013), there are 7547 languages in the world divided into at least 289 language families (including isolates).1 However, there is substantial variation in the number of languages � what I will call diversity � in each family. The...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics
DOI: 10.4324/9781315794013.CH26


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