Population Size and the Rate of Language Evolution: A Test Across Indo-European, Austronesian, and Bantu Languages

  title={Population Size and the Rate of Language Evolution: A Test Across Indo-European, Austronesian, and Bantu Languages},
  author={S. Greenhill and X. Hua and Caela F. Welsh and Hilde Schneemann and L. Bromham},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
  • S. Greenhill, X. Hua, +2 authors L. Bromham
  • Published 2018
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Frontiers in Psychology
  • What role does speaker population size play in shaping rates of language evolution? There has been little consensus on the expected relationship between rates and patterns of language change and speaker population size, with some predicting faster rates of change in smaller populations, and others expecting greater change in larger populations. The growth of comparative databases has allowed population size effects to be investigated across a wide range of language groups, with mixed results… CONTINUE READING

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