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Mapping the Origins and Expansion of the Indo-European Language Family
"There are two competing hypotheses for the origin of the Indo-European language family. The conventional view places the homeland in the Pontic steppes about 6000 years ago. An alternative hypothesis claims that the languages spread from Anatolia with the expansion of farming 8000 to 9500 years ago. We used Bayesian phylogeographic approaches, together with basic vocabulary data from 103 ancient and contemporary Indo-European languages, to explicitly model the expansion of the family and test these hypotheses. We found decisive support for an Anatolian origin over a steppe origin. Both the inferred timing and root location of the Indo-European language trees fit with an agricultural expansion from Anatolia beginning 8000 to 9500 years ago. These results highlight the critical role that phylogeographic inference can play in resolving debates about human prehistory."
languages  linguistics  modeling  bayes  statistics  geography  anthropology 
august 2012 by tsuomela
The Long Now Blog » Blog Archive » Putting the World’s Languages on the Map
One attempt is LL-Map, shown here. This project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is working to integrate many different geo-linguistic factors into a single digital map interface.
mapping  languages  gis 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Welcome - The Rosetta Project
The Rosetta Project is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers working to build a publicly accessible digital library of human languages.
languages  linguistics  library  archive 
may 2009 by tsuomela
logothings » home
I'm Cynthia Solomon and I worked closely in the development of Logo with Seymour Papert and Wally Feurzeig at Bolt, Beranek and Newman and then in1969 joined Seymour at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab where we started the Logo Group.
programming  computer-science  history  technology  education  logo  languages 
june 2007 by tsuomela

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