Demographic events often leave traces in languages and genes: this prompted Darwin’s prediction that the evolutionary tree of human populations would provide the best possible phylogeny of language relationships. We tested Darwin’s expectation through long-distance genome-language comparisons across Eurasia, relying on independently assessed quantitative tools on both sides. To do so, we had to resort to a linguistic method able to compare across different families, based on abstract syntactic characters, which proved more apt for long-term historical reconstruction than phonemic ones.
|Publication status||Published - 15 May 2018|
|Event||On your doorstep: Celebrating researchers and research support at York - University of York, York, United Kingdom|
Duration: 15 Jun 2018 → 15 Jun 2018
|Conference||On your doorstep: Celebrating researchers and research support at York|
|Period||15/06/18 → 15/06/18|