Reporting in Science, researchers write that many of today’s most widely spoken languages, like English, Spanish, and Hindi, can be traced back to ancient tongues in present-day Turkey. Evolutionary biologist Quentin Atkinson talks about investigating language evolution using the same methods geneticists use to trace flu virus outbreaks.
Quentin Atkinson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
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