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From the savannah to the cloud: Blogging evolutionary linguistics research

Littauer, R., Roberts, S. G., Winters, J., Bailes, R., Pleyer, M., & Little, H. (2014). From the savannah to the cloud: Blogging evolutionary linguistics research. The Past, Present and Future of Language Evolution Research: Student Volume of the 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language, 121-133.
Over the last thirty years, evolutionary linguistics has grown as a data-driven, interdisciplinary field and received accelerated interest due to its adoption of modern research methodologies. This growth is dependant upon the methods used to both disseminate and foster discussion of research by the larger academic community. We argue that the internet is increasingly being used as an efficient means of finding and presenting research. The traditional journal format for disseminating knowledge was well-designed within the confines of print publication. With the tools afforded to us by technology and the internet, the evolutionary linguistics research community is able to compensate for the necessary shortcomings of the journal format. We evaluate examples of how research blogging has aided language scientists. We review the state of the field for online, real-time academic debate, by covering particular instances of post- publication review and their reaction. We conclude by considering how evolutionary linguistics as a field can potentially benefit from using the internet
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