Detecting Regular Sound Changes in Linguistics as Events of Concerted Evolution

@article{Hruschka2015DetectingRS,
  title={Detecting Regular Sound Changes in Linguistics as Events of Concerted Evolution},
  author={D. Hruschka and S. Branford and Eric Smith and J. Wilkins and A. Meade and M. Pagel and Tanmoy Bhattacharya},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={25},
  pages={1 - 9}
}
Summary Background Concerted evolution is normally used to describe parallel changes at different sites in a genome, but it is also observed in languages where a specific phoneme changes to the same other phoneme in many words in the lexicon—a phenomenon known as regular sound change. We develop a general statistical model that can detect concerted changes in aligned sequence data and apply it to study regular sound changes in the Turkic language family. Results Linguistic evolution, unlike the… Expand
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