Meanwhile, Dr Quentin Atkinson single-handedly completed a first-of-its-kind analysis of word sounds, showing an African origin for human language, published today in Science.
Both studies have received a large amount of international media attention. Just a few of the articles covering the research are listed below:
Prof Russell Gray et al.
ABC Science: Language rules ‘stay in the family’
Dr Quentin Atkinson
Stuff.co.nz: Kiwi discovers mother of language
New Scientist: Evolutionary Babel was in southern Africa
Wall Street Journal: Study Points to Mother of All Mother Tongues
The Telegraph: Language like people came out of Africa