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The Consistently Incorrect Mapping of Language Differentiation in Bouckaert et al.

By Martin W. Lewis | October 23, 2012 |

As mentioned in previous GeoCurrents posts, the animated map that accompanies the Science article of Bouckaert et al. depicts their model in action, showing the expansion and differentiation of the Indo-European languages in time and space. Earlier posts criticized the map’s contour shadings, which indicate high probabilities of IE languages being spoken in given areas at given times. Today’s post …

Quentin Atkinson’s Nonsensical Maps of Indo-European Expansion

By Martin W. Lewis | September 6, 2012 | 39 Comments

The website that accompanies “Mapping the Origins and Expansion of the Indo-European Language Family” (August 24 Science), maintained by co-author Quentin D. Atkinson, proudly features several maps that allow the easy visualization of the patterns generated by the model. One is a conventional map that purports to show “language expansion in time and space,” depicting and dating the spread of …

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