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Media: Genetics and Tone Languages

Submitter: Lowell Winterbottom

Submitter Email: lowbottom@gmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): Typology
Neurolinguistics
Cognitive Science

Media Body: This article offers the interesting -- and controversial -- suggestion that
tone languages may be genetic:

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleid=D87BB853-E7F2-99DF-3CE5ED42E188F867&ec=su_ling
Issue Number: 18.2481
Date Posted: August 23, 2007

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