Geospatial distributions reflect rates of evolution of features of language

29 Jan 2018Henri KauhanenDeepthi GopalTobias GallaRicardo Bermúdez-Otero

Different structural features of human language change at different rates and thus exhibit different temporal stabilities. Existing methods of linguistic stability estimation depend upon the prior genealogical classification of the world's languages into language families; these methods result in unreliable stability estimates for features which are sensitive to horizontal transfer between families and whenever data are aggregated from families of divergent time depths... (read more)

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