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

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Science  10 Feb 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6069, pp. 657
DOI: 10.1126/science.1209176

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Atkinson (Reports, 15 April 2011, p. 346) concluded that language originated in western Africa and that, due to a serial founder effect, languages repeatedly lost phonemes the farther they moved from the African point of origin. Independent examination of the published data tends to refute both these claims.

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