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Title: Re: 16.970 Historical Ling: Punctuated Equilibrium Model
Submitter: Chris Cleirigh
Description: Note also that Dixon repeats the error of Eldredge & Gould of misinterpreting evolutionary gradualism as change at a constant speed instead of change by degrees, as Richard Dawkins pointed out more than 20 years ago.

Chris Cleirigh
Date Posted: 07-Apr-2005
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 16.1087
Posted: 07-Apr-2005

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