Drivers of geographical patterns of North American language diversity

Proceedings of the Royal Society Vol/Iss. 286(1899) The Royal Society Published In Pages: 1-9
By Cuelho, Mario Tulio Pacheco, Pereira, Eliza Barreto, Haynie, Hannah J., Rangel, Thaigo F., Kavanagh, Patrick, Kirby, Kathryn R. , Greenhill, Simon J. , Bowern, Claire, Gray, Russell D. , Colwell, Robert K., Evans, Nicholas, Gavin, Michael C.


The authors examine multiple ecological variables as possible predictors of language diversity in North America using path analysis, mechanistic simulation modelling, and geographically weighted regression. They conclude that many of the variables do not predict language diversity, but rather are mediated by population density. The authors also find that the variables' ability to predict is not universal across the continent, but rather more regional.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Survey of California and Other Indian Languages

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