Bayesian phylogenetic analysis supports an agricultural origin of Japonic languages.

@article{Lee2011BayesianPA,
  title={Bayesian phylogenetic analysis supports an agricultural origin of Japonic languages.},
  author={Sean Lee and Toshikazu Hasegawa},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={278 1725},
  pages={3662-9}
}
Languages, like genes, evolve by a process of descent with modification. This striking similarity between biological and linguistic evolution allows us to apply phylogenetic methods to explore how languages, as well as the people who speak them, are related to one another through evolutionary history. Language phylogenies constructed with lexical data have… CONTINUE READING