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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

More on language diversity


I came across the map shown below, and I found it very similar to the map that I included in my previous post on Language diversity: it has the same clusters in Papua New Guinea, Amazonia and northern South America, South East Asia and Equatorial Africa. But! it depicted another thing, "Tone diversity".


The website that published that map has a very interesting post: Phonemic diversity decays "out of Africa"? (April 16, 2011)



Yes, the red dots are higher in Africa, S.E. Asia and PNG, but none in north Asia or Europe, and quite a few in America. Regarding the pink dots, America has more than the putative cradle od Amerindians (Siberia) or Europe.


The blog is very good as it makes fun of the paper it is criticizing.


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1 comment:

  1. Austin,

    For what its worth, with regards to languages, I ran across this a while back.

    "The weather impacts not only upon our mood but also our voice. An international research team including scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics, Evolutionary Anthropology and Mathematics in the Sciences has analysed the influence of humidity on the evolution of languages. Their study has revealed that languages with a wide range of tone pitches are more prevalent in regions with high humidity levels. In contrast, languages with simpler tone pitches are mainly found in drier regions. This is explained by the fact that the vocal folds require a humid environment to produce the right tone."

    https://www.mpg.de/8879447/tonal-languages-institutes

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