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Does Lateral Transmission Obscure Inheritance in Hunter-Gatherer Languages?
In recent years, linguists have begun to increasingly rely on quantitative phylogenetic approaches to examine language evolution. Some linguists have questioned the suitability of phylogeneticExpand
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A Grammar of Hup
  • P. Epps
  • Computer Science
  • 27 August 2008
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This work is a reference grammar of Hup, a member of the Nadahup family (also known as Maku or Vaupes-Japura), which is spoken in the fascinatingly multilingual Vaupe region of the northwest Amazon. Expand
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Language Classification, Language Contact, and Amazonian Prehistory
  • P. Epps
  • Geography, Computer Science
  • Lang. Linguistics Compass
  • 1 March 2009
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The linguistic map of Amazonia presents a startling jumble of languages and language families. Expand
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Growing a numeral system: the historical development of numerals in an Amazonian language family
Numerals in many languages around the world can be argued to reflect a progressive build-up of historical stages (cf. Hurford 1987), each of which may also represent the synchronic upper limit of aExpand
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The Paleobiolinguistics of the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)
Paleobiolinguistics is used to determine when and where the common bean ( Phaseolus vulgaris L.) developed significance for prehistoric groups of Native America. Dates and locations ofExpand
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Loan and Inheritance Patterns in Hunter-Gatherer Ethnobiological Systems
Abstract We compare the etymologies of ethnobiological nomenclature in 130 hunter-gatherer and agriculturist languages in Australia, North America, and Amazonia. Previous work has identifiedExpand
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Wanderwörter in languages of the Americas and Australia
Abstract Wanderworter are a problematic set of words in historical linguistics. They usually make up a small proportion of the total vocabulary of individual languages, and only a minority ofExpand
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The Paleobiolinguistics of Domesticated Chili Pepper (Capsicum spp.)
Paleobiolinguistics employs the comparative method of historical linguistics to reconstruct the biodiversity known to human groups of the remote, unrecorded past. Comparison of words for biologicalExpand
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On numeral complexity in hunter-gatherer languages
Numerals vary extensively across the world’s languages, ranging from no precise numeral terms to practically infinite limits. Particularly of interest is the category of “small” or low-limit numeralExpand
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Reconsidering the “Makú” Language Family of Northwest Amazonia1
The so-called Makú or Makú-Puinavean language family of the Northwest Amazon has long been assumed to include the languages Hup, Yuhup, Dâw, and Nadëb (the “Naduhupan” group), the sisters Kakua andExpand
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