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Media: Article on Language Evolution in Science Magazine

Submitter: Paul Chapin

Submitter Email: pgchapin@earthlink.net
Linguistic Field(s): Genetic Classification

Media Body: A brief article, titled 'Languages Evolve in Punctuational Bursts,' appears
on page 588 in the 1 February 2008 issue of Science magazine, the journal
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The authors
are Quentin D. Atkinson, Andrew Meade, Chris Venditti, Simon J. Greenhill,
and Mark Pagel.

An abstract appears at
The full article is available for free download to AAAS members;
non-members can download it for $10.00.
Issue Number: 19.488
Date Posted: February 10, 2008

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