- Structural phylogenetics and the reconstruction of ancient language historyMichael Dunn
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Post Office Box 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, Netherlands
Science 309:2072-5. 2005..The most plausible hypothesis to explain this result is the divergence of the Papuan languages from a common ancestral stock, as part of late Pleistocene dispersals...
- Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universalsMichael Dunn
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Post Office Box 310, 6500 AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Nature 473:79-82. 2011..These findings support the view that-at least with respect to word order-cultural evolution is the primary factor that determines linguistic structure, with the current state of a linguistic system shaping and constraining future states...
- Kin term diversity is the result of multilevel, historical processesFiona M Jordan
Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, PB310, 6500AH Nijmegen, The Netherlands www mpi nl people jordan fiona www mpi nl people dunn michael
Behav Brain Sci 33:388. 2010..We argue that his framework can more usefully be applied at the levels of developmental and historical change, the latter especially. A phylogenetic approach to the diversity of kinship terminologies is most urgently required...