Social complexity and linguistic diversity in the Austronesian and Bantu population expansions

  title={Social complexity and linguistic diversity in the Austronesian and Bantu population expansions},
  author={Robert S. Walker and Marcus J. Hamilton},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={1399 - 1404}
  • R. WalkerM. Hamilton
  • Published 7 May 2011
  • Sociology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Reconstructing the rise and fall of social complexity in human societies through time is fundamental for understanding some of the most important transformations in human history. Phylogenetic methods based on language diversity provide a means to reconstruct pre-historic events and model the transition rates of cultural change through time. We model and compare the evolution of social complexity in Austronesian (n = 88) and Bantu (n = 89) societies, two of the world's largest language families… 

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