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  A Bayesian phylogenetic study of the Dravidian language family

Kolipakam, V., Jordan, F. M., Dunn, M., Greenhill, S. J., Bouckaert, R., Gray, R. D., et al. (2018). A Bayesian phylogenetic study of the Dravidian language family. Royal Society Open Science, 5(3): 171504. doi:10.1098/rsos.171504.

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Kolipakam, Vishnupriya, Author              
Jordan, Fiona M.1, Author              
Dunn, Michael, Author              
Greenhill, Simon J.1, Author              
Bouckaert, Remco1, Author              
Gray, Russell D.1, Author              
Verkerk, Annemarie1, Author              
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1Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074311              

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 Abstract: The Dravidian language family consists of about 80 varieties (Hammarström H. 2016 Glottolog 2.7) spoken by 220 million people across southern and central India and surrounding countries (Steever SB. 1998 In The Dravidian languages (ed. SB Steever), pp. 1–39: 1). Neither the geographical origin of the Dravidian language homeland nor its exact dispersal through time are known. The history of these languages is crucial for understanding prehistory in Eurasia, because despite their current restricted range, these languages played a significant role in influencing other language groups including Indo-Aryan (Indo-European) and Munda (Austroasiatic) speakers. Here, we report the results of a Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of cognate-coded lexical data, elicited first hand from native speakers, to investigate the subgrouping of the Dravidian language family, and provide dates for the major points of diversification. Our results indicate that the Dravidian language family is approximately 4500 years old, a finding that corresponds well with earlier linguistic and archaeological studies. The main branches of the Dravidian language family (North, Central, South I, South II) are recovered, although the placement of languages within these main branches diverges from previous classifications. We find considerable uncertainty with regard to the relationships between the main branches.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-03-21
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 17
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 Identifiers: Other: shh973
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171504
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Title: Royal Society Open Science
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 5 (3) Sequence Number: 171504 Start / End Page: - Identifier: Other: 2054-5703
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