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Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Linguistic Diversity

Gavin, Michael C; Botero, Carlos A; Bowern, Claire; Colwell, Robert K; Dunn, Michael; Dunn, Robert R.; Gray, Russell; Kirby, Kathryn R; McCarter, Joe; Powell, Adam; Rangel, Thiago F; Stepp, John R; Trautwein, Michelle; Verdolin, Jennifer L; Yanega, Gregor

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Our species displays remarkable linguistic diversity. Although the uneven distribution of this diversity demands explanation, the drivers of these patterns have not been conclusively determined. We address this issue in two steps: First, we review previous empirical studies whose authors have suggested environmental, geographical, and sociocultural drivers of linguistic diversification. However, contradictory results and methodological variation make it difficult to draw general conclusions....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/62241
Source: BioScience
DOI: 10.1525/bio.2013.63.7.6

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