John Kerr posted in evolutionary biology • language • lingustics • Maori • Pacific • te reo on February 3rd, 2015.
When it comes to new words, size matters. An Australian-based study of 20 Polynesian languages, including New Zealand Maori, suggests that widely-spoken languages gain new words more frequently while those with just a few speakers tend to lose words faster. How the size of a population affects the evolution of language is unclear. Do languages […]
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