Glossogeny and phylogeny: cultural evolution meets genetic evolution

W. Tecumseh Fitch

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Abstract

Evolutionary theorists since Darwin have been interested in the parallels and interactions between biological and cultural evolution. Recent applications of empirical techniques originally developed to analyze molecular genetic data to linguistic data offer new insights into the historical evolution of language, revealing fascinating parallels between language change and biological evolution. This work offers considerable potential toward unified theories of genetic and cultural change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-374
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Genetics
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

Keywords

  • LANGUAGES
  • RATES

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