We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages

Posted On Aug 04, 2017


We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages

“[F]or the continent of Australia it appears that a small number of factors—limitations rainfall places on population density and limits on group size—might explain both the number of languages and much of the variation in how many languages are spoken in different locations….But we suspect that the patterns of language diversity in other places may be shaped by different factors and processes.”

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