Out of Africa? The logic of phoneme inventories and founder effects

  title={Out of Africa? The logic of phoneme inventories and founder effects},
  author={Claire Bowern},
Atkinson (2011) discusses a tantalizing result, that phoneme inventory size may reflect a set of population expansions out of Africa tens of thousands of years ago. The starting point for the article is a correlation, first noted in Hay & Bauer 2007, that inventory size is positively correlated with population size. Atkinson shows that inventory size, as measured by a combination of features based on WALS data (Haspelmath et al. (eds.) 2008), declines as distance from Africa increases, even… Expand

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