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

Science  02 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6072, pp. 1042
DOI: 10.1126/science.1215788

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Abstract

Jaeger et al. use statistical simulations to show that the serial founder effect analysis I reported has an inflated type 1 error rate. Crucially, however, their simulations also reveal that the strength of the observed relationship between phonemic diversity and distance from Africa is unlikely to be due to chance, even accounting for multiple comparisons and geographic clustering of phonemic diversity.

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