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Language evolution and human history: What a difference a date makes

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

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Historical inference is at its most powerful when independent lines of evidence can be integrated into a coherent account. Dating linguistic and cultural lineages can potentially play a vital role in the integration of evidence from linguistics, anthropology, archaeology and genetics. Unfortunately, although the comparative method in historical linguistics can provide a relative chronology, it cannot provide absolute date estimates and an alternative approach, called glottochronology, is...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/84874
Source: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0378

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