Exploring correlations in genetic and cultural variation across language families in northeast Asia

Science Advances Vol/Iss. 7(34) American Association for the Advancement of Science Published In Pages: eabd9223
By Matsumae, Hiromi, Ranacher, Peter, Savage, Patrick E., Blasi, Damian E., Currie, Thomas E., Koganebuchi, Kae, Nishida, Nao, Sato, Takehiro, Tanabe, Hideyuki, Tajima, Atsushi, Brown, Steven, Stoneking, Mark, Shimizu, Kentaro K., Oota, Hiroki, Bickel, Balthasar


This article explores the possible relationship between the cultural evolution of language, music, and genetic variation beyond the level of language families. Due to their linguistic diversity, the authors use a sample of 14 Northeast Asian societies with matching information on their music, genetics, and linguistic patterns. The variables measuring language are lexicon, phonology, and grammar. Then, the authors compare each variable's relationship to music and genetic variation. The results only show a significant correlation between grammar and genetic variation.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Asian DNA Repository Consortium (ADRC)Researchers' own14 Northeast Asian populations, with a total 11 language families

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