How many words in English?

Mar 19, 2012 by

Numerous posts in this blog discussed attempts of scholars in a variety of fields outside linguistics — biologists, statisticians, anthropologists — to do linguistics. These attempts commonly result in “work”...

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Atkinson’s theory of language origins

Feb 10, 2012 by

In a number of earlier posts, I’ve discussed the recent work by Quentin D. Atkinson from the University of Auckland on the origin and spread of language. In an article published in Science, Atkinson shows that by applying...

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Adding apples and oranges?

Apr 25, 2011 by

In several earlier positngs (and also here), I discussed the research on the geographical origin of language by Dr. Atkinson recently published in Science. In those postings I identified several problems with Dr. Atkinson’s...

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