Drivers of geographical patterns of North American language diversity

Proceedings Royal Society B Vol/Iss. 286(1899) Royal society publishing Published In Pages: 1-8
By Coelho, Marco Túlio Pacheco, Pereira, Elisa Barreto, Haynie, Hannah J., Rangel, Thiago F., Kavanagh, Patrick, Kirby, Kathryn R. , Greenhill, Simon J. , Bowern, Claire, Gray, Russell D. , Colwell, Robert K., Evans, Nicholas, Gavin, Michael C.


Ecoregion richness is positively associated with language diversity, which implies that resource partitioning may contribute to language diversification (4).


Analyses were completed with both a Stationary Path Analysis and GWPath model. The numbers reported below correspond to the two models respectively.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Path analysesSupportedUNKNOWNbeta = 0.20; beta = 0.13+-0.12UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Language diversity Dependent Language
Ecoregion richnessIndependent Fauna, Flora, Environmental Quality