Tools from evolutionary biology shed new light on the diversification of languages.

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Computational methods have revolutionized evolutionary biology. In this paper we explore the impact these methods are now having on our understanding of the forces that both affect the diversification of human languages and shape human cognition. We show how these methods can illuminate problems ranging from the nature of constraints on linguistic variation… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.01.007

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