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Historical Bio-Linguistics: A biostatistic approach to the study of linguistic phylogenies and the correlation of genetic, linguistic and geographical data.

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ConferenceOn your doorstep: Celebrating researchers and research support at York
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityYork
Conference date(s)15/06/1815/06/18

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DatePublished - 15 May 2018
Original languageEnglish

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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.

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