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Comment on “Phonemic Diversity Supports a Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa”

Science  10 Feb 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6069, pp. 657
DOI: 10.1126/science.1207846

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Abstract

Atkinson (Reports, 15 April 2011, p. 346) reported a declined trend of phonemic diversity from Africa that indicated the African exodus of modern languages. However, his claim was only supported when the phonemic diversities were binned into three or five levels. Analyses using raw data without simplification suggest a decline from central Asia rather than from Africa.

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