Wednesday, 17 February 2010

The Language Evolution Tree Returns

Recently, I found that people have an innate bias to associate Evolutionary Linguistics with Acacia trees. I've just noticed that Babel's Dawn, a blog about the evolution of language by Edmund Blair Bolles also has an acacia tree in the sunrise on its banner. Alas, it's not the language evolution tree, but it's pretty close. With this in mind, I propose that there is a deep association between acacia trees and language evolution. Just look at the following two graphs ...

Distribution of Acacia Trees

Distribution of Languages using complex tone systems

(yes, but this isn't)

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