Borrowing versus migration as selection factors in cultural evolution

Journal of Conflict Resolution Vol/Iss. 20 Published In Pages: 187-212
By Naroll, Raoul, Wirsing, Rolf


Over the general course of evolution during the past several thousand years [peaceful] borrowing has been at least as important a selection factor as has been [warlike] migration. Triads consisting of 1) base society 2) nearby society from different language family (borrowers) and 3) distant society from same language family as base society (migrators) were compared for eleven culture traits (209, 204)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
t-test, difference of meansSupportedp<.05UNKNOWNTwo-tailed