Tid och plats: Onsdagen 27 april klockan 15-16 i Övningslabbet, plan 2, Södra huset, Frescati.

Inför seminariet läser vi artikeln:
Quentin D. Atkinson (2011) Phonemic Diversity Supports a Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa. Science, Vol 332, pp. 346-349.

Abstract
Human genetic and phenotypic diversity declines with distance from Africa, as predicted by a serial founder effect in which successive population bottlenecks during range expansion
progressively reduce diversity, underpinning support for an African origin of modern humans. Recent work suggests that a similar founder effect may operate on human culture and language. Here I show that the number of phonemes used in a global sample of 504 languages is also clinal and fits a serial founder–effect model of expansion from an inferred origin in Africa. This result, which is not explained by more recent demographic history, local language diversity, or statistical non-independence within language families, points to parallel mechanisms shaping genetic and linguistic diversity and supports an African origin of modern human languages..

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