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Discrepancies in Mapping Persian/Farsi in Iran

By Martin W. Lewis | July 1, 2013 | 36 Comments

GeoCurrents is deeply concerned with language mapping, as we find maps of language distribution to be highly useful and, if done properly, aesthetically appealing. But we also tend to be critical of linguistic cartography, as the spatial patterning of language is often too complex to be easily captured in maps. Dialect continua, zones of pervasive bilingualism, overlapping lingua francas, areas …

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 …

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