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Phonemic Diversity Supports a Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa
Biologist applies analysis techniques from genetics, particularly common root founder analysis, to make the claim through phoneme tracking that human languages have a common ancestor in the 50,000 year range, well beyond the current 10,000 year horizon currently espoused by linguists (due to limitation on hard data using their own techniques). It's half *no, duh" confirming the common assumption regarding the dispersal of human from Africa, and the "oh wow" factor of this kind of analysis. Scientific circles seem to say the methodology of this paper seems to be sound.
linguistic  common  root  founder  analysis  africa  language  statistics  phoneme  Delicious 
april 2011 by asteroza

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