Rate of language evolution is affected by population size

Lindell Bromham, Xia Hua, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Simon Greenhill

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    Abstract

    The effect of population size on patterns and rates of language evolution is controversial. Do languages with larger speaker populations change faster due to a greater capacity for innovation, or do smaller populations change faster due to more efficient
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2097-2102
    JournalPNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
    Volume112
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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