Evolutionary processes in language and culture -


Publications by group members from the inception of the group in 2009.


  • Kolipakam, V. (2018). A holistic approach to understanding pre-history. PhD Thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen. more >
  • Kolipakam, V., Jordan, F., Dunn, M., Greenhill, S. J., Bouckaert, R., Gray, R. D., & Verkerk, A. (2018). A Bayesian phylogenetic study of the Dravidian language family. Royal Society Open Science, 5: 171504. doi:10.1098/rsos.171504. more >


  • Birchall, J., Dunn, M., & Greenhill, S. J. (2016). A combined comparative and phylogenetic analysis of the Chapacuran language family. International Journal of American Linguistics, 82(3), 255-284. doi:10.1086/687383. more >


  • Majid, A., Jordan, F., & Dunn, M. (Eds.). (2015). Semantic systems in closely related languages [Special Issue]. Language Sciences, 49.
  • Majid, A., Jordan, F., & Dunn, M. (2015). Semantic systems in closely related languages. Language Sciences, 49, 1-18. doi:10.1016/j.langsci.2014.11.002. more >
  • Verkerk, A. (2015). Where do all the motion verbs come from? The speed of development of manner verbs and path verbs in Indo-European. Diachronica, 32(1), 69-104. doi:10.1075/dia.32.1.03ver. more >
  • Whelpton, M., Guðmundsdóttir Beck, þ., & Jordan, F. (2015). The semantics and morphology of household container names in Icelandic and Dutch. Language Sciences, 49, 67-81. doi:10.1016/j.langsci.2014.07.014. more >


  • Dunn, M. (2014). Gender determined dialect variation. In G. G. Corbett (Ed.), The expression of gender (pp. 39-68). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Dunn, M. (2014). Language phylogenies. In C. Bowern, & B. Evans (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of historical linguistics (pp. 190-211). London: Routlege. more >
  • Dunn, M. (2014). [Review of the book Evolutionary Linguistics by April McMahon and Robert McMahon]. American Anthropologist, 116(3), 690-691. more >
  • Kushnick, G., Gray, R., & Jordan, F. (2014). The sequential evolution of land tenure norms. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 309-318. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.03.001. more >
  • Muysken, P., Hammarström, H., Birchall, J., Danielsen, S., Eriksen, L., Galucio, A. V., Van Gijn, R., Van de Kerke, S., Kolipakam, V., Krasnoukhova, O., Müller, N., & O'Connor, L. (2014). The languages of South America: Deep families, areal relationships, and language contact. In P. Muysken, & L. O'Connor (Eds.), Language contact in South America (pp. 299-323). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • O'Connor, L., & Kolipakam, V. (2014). Human migrations, dispersals, and contacts in South America. In L. O'Connor, & P. Muysken (Eds.), The native languages of South America: Origins, development, typology (pp. 29-55). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Reesink, G. (2014). Topic management and clause combination in the Papuan language Usan. In R. Van Gijn, J. Hammond, D. Matic, S. van Putten, & A.-V. Galucio (Eds.), Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences. (pp. 231-262). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. more >
  • Verkerk, A. (2014). Diachronic change in Indo-European motion event encoding. Journal of Historical Linguistics, 4, 40-83. doi:10.1075/jhl.4.1.02ver. more >
  • Verkerk, A. (2014). The correlation between motion event encoding and path verb lexicon size in the Indo-European language family. Folia Linguistica Historica, 35, 307-358. doi:10.1515/flih.2014.009. more >
  • Verkerk, A. (2014). Where Alice fell into: Motion events from a parallel corpus. In B. Szmrecsanyi, & B. Wälchli (Eds.), Aggregating dialectology, typology, and register analysis: Linguistic variation in text and speech (pp. 324-354). Berlin: De Gruyter. more >


  • Dunn, M., Kruspe, N., & Burenhult, N. (2013). Time and place in the prehistory of the Aslian languages. Human Biology, 85, 383-399. more >
  • Gavin, M., Botero, C. A., Bowern, C., Colwell, R. K., Dunn, M., Dunn, R. R., Gray, R. D., Kirby, K. R., McCarter, J., Powell, A., Rangel, T. F., Steppe, J. R., Trautwein, M., Verdolin, J. L., & Yanega, G. (2013). Towards a mechanistic understanding of linguistic diversity. Bioscience, 63, 524-535. doi:10.1525/bio.2013.63.7.6. more >
  • Jordan, F. (2013). Comparative phylogenetic methods and the study of pattern and process in kinship. In P. McConvell, I. Keen, & R. Hendery (Eds.), Kinship systems: Change and reconstruction (pp. 43-58). Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press. more >
  • Jordan, F., & Huber, B. H. (2013). Introduction: Evolutionary processes in language and culture group. Cross-Cultural Research, 47(2), 91 -101. doi:10.1177/1069397112471800. more >
  • Verkerk, A. (2013). Scramble, scurry and dash: The correlation between motion event encoding and manner verb lexicon size in Indo-European. Language Dynamics and Change, 3, 169-217. doi:10.1163/22105832-13030202. more >
  • Verkerk, A., & Frostad, B. H. (2013). The encoding of manner predications and resultatives in Oceanic: A typological and historical overview. Oceanic Linguistics, 52, 1-35. doi:10.1353/ol.2013.0010. more >


  • Bouckaert, R., Lemey, P., Dunn, M., Greenhill, S. J., Alekseyenko, A. V., Drummond, A. J., Gray, R. D., Suchard, M. A., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Mapping the origins and expansion of the Indo-European language family. Science, 337(6097), 957-960. doi:10.1126/science.1219669. more >
  • Dunn, M. (2012). [Review of the book "The Dene-Yeniseian connection", ed. by J. Kari and B.A. Potter]. Language, 88(2), 429-431. doi:10.1353/lan.2012.0036. more >
  • Dunn, M., & Terrill, A. (2012). Assessing the evidence for a Central Solomons Papuan family using the Oswalt Monte Carlo Test. Diachronica, 29(1), 1-27. doi:10.1075/dia.29.1.01dun. more >
  • Reesink, G., & Dunn, M. (2012). Systematic typological comparison as a tool for investigating language history. Language Documentation and Conservation, (5), 34-71. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4560. more >


  • Burenhult, N., Kruspe, N., & Dunn, M. (2011). Language history and culture groups among Austroasiatic-speaking foragers of the Malay Peninsula. In N. J. Enfield (Ed.), Dynamics of human diversity: The case of mainland Southeast Asia (pp. 257-277). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Danielsen, S., Dunn, M., & Muysken, P. (2011). The spread of the Arawakan languages: A view from structural phylogenetics. In A. Hornborg, & J. D. Hill (Eds.), Ethnicity in ancient Amazonia: Reconstructing past identities from archaeology, linguistics, and ethnohistory (pp. 173-196). Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
  • Dunn, M., Burenhult, N., Kruspe, N., Tufvesson, S., & Becker, N. (2011). Aslian linguistic prehistory: A case study in computational phylogenetics. Diachronica, 28, 291-323. doi:10.1075/dia.28.3.01dun. more >
  • Dunn, M., Greenhill, S. J., Levinson, S. C., & Gray, R. D. (2011). Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universals. Nature, 473, 79-82. doi:10.1038/nature09923. more >
  • Haun, D. B. M., Jordan, F., Vallortigara, G., & Clayton, N. S. (2011). Origins of spatial, temporal and numerical cognition: Insights from comparative psychology [Reprint]. In S. Dehaene, & E. Brannon (Eds.), Space, time and number in the brain. Searching for the foundations of mathematical thought (pp. 191-206). London: Academic Press. more >
  • Jordan, F. (2011). A phylogenetic analysis of the evolution of Austronesian sibling terminologies. Human Biology, 83, 297-321. doi:10.3378/027.083.0209. more >
  • Kolipakam, V., & Shanker, K. (2011). Comparing human-wildlife conflict across different landscapes: A framework for examing social, political and economic issues and a preliminary comparison between sites. Trondheim/Bangalore: Norwegian Institute of Nature Research (NINA) & Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES), Indian Institute of Science.
  • Levinson, S. C., Greenhill, S. J., Gray, R. D., & Dunn, M. (2011). Universal typological dependencies should be detectable in the history of language families. Linguistic Typology, 15, 509-534. doi:10.1515/LITY.2011.034. more >
  • Mace, R., & Jordan, F. (2011). Macro-evolutionary studies of cultural diversity: A review of empirical studies of cultural transmission and cultural adaptation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, Biological Sciences, 366, 402-411. doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0238. more >
  • Matthews, L. J., Tehrani, J. J., Jordan, F., Collard, M., & Nunn, C. (2011). Testing for divergent transmission histories among cultural characters: A study using Bayesian phylogenetic methods and Iranian tribal textile data. Plos One, 6(4), e14810. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014810. more >


  • Fortunato, L., & Jordan, F. (2010). Your place or mine? A phylogenetic comparative analysis of marital residence in Indo-European and Austronesian societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 365(1559), 3913 -3922. doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0017. more >
  • Haun, D. B. M., Jordan, F., Vallortigara, G., & Clayton, N. S. (2010). Origins of spatial, temporal and numerical cognition: Insights from comparative psychology [Review article]. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14, 552-560. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2010.09.006. more >
  • Howarth, H., Sommer, V., & Jordan, F. (2010). Visual depictions of female genitalia differ depending on source. Medical Humanities, 36, 75-79. doi:10.1136/jmh.2009.003707. more >
  • Jordan, F., & Dunn, M. (2010). Kin term diversity is the result of multilevel, historical processes [Comment on Doug Jones]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 388. doi:10.1017/S0140525X10001962. more >
  • Reesink, G. (2010). The Manambu language of East Sepik, Papua New Guinea [Book review]. Studies in Language, 34(1), 226-233. doi:10.1075/sl.34.1.13ree. more >


  • Dunn, M. (2009). Contact and phylogeny in Island Melanesia. Lingua, 11(11), 1664-1678. doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2007.10.026. more >
  • Friedlaender, J., Hunley, K., Dunn, M., Terrill, A., Lindström, E., Reesink, G., & Friedlaender, F. (2009). Linguistics more robust than genetics [Letter to the editor]. Science, 324, 464-465. doi:10.1126/science.324_464c. more >
  • Jordan, F., Gray, R., Greenhill, S., & Mace, R. (2009). Matrilocal residence is ancestral in Austronesian societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 276(1664), 1957-1964. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.0088. more >
  • Reesink, G. (2009). A connection between Bird's Head and (Proto) Oceanic. In B. Evans (Ed.), Discovering history through language, papers in honor of Malcolm Ross (pp. 181-192). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Reesink, G., Singer, R., & Dunn, M. (2009). Explaining the linguistic diversity of Sahul using population models. PLoS Biology, 7(11), e1000241. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000241. more >
  • Verkerk, A. (2009). A semantic map of secondary predication. In B. Botma, & J. Van Kampen (Eds.), Linguistics in the Netherlands 2009 (pp. 115-126). more >


  • Dunn, M., Levinson, S. C., Lindström, E., Reesink, G., & Terrill, A. (2008). Structural phylogeny in historical linguistics: Methodological explorations applied in Island Melanesia. Language, 84(4), 710-759. doi:10.1353/lan.0.0069. more >


  • Dunn, M., Levinson, S. C., Lindström, E., Reesink, G., & Terrill, A. (2003). Island Melanesia elicitation materials. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. doi:10.17617/2.885547. more >

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