Language polygenesis: A probabilistic model

David A. Freedman, William Shi Yuan Wang

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Monogenesis of language is widely accepted, but the conventional argument seems to be mistaken; a simple probabilistic model shows that polygenesis is likely. Other prehistoric inventions are discussed, as are problems in tracing linguistic lineages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-138
Number of pages8
JournalAnthropological Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Historical linguistics
  • Language emergence
  • Monogenesis
  • Polygenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology


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