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Research Article

The Biological Origin of Linguistic Diversity

  • Andrea Baronchelli,

    Affiliation: Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Nick Chater,

    Affiliation: Behavioural Science Group, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

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  • Romualdo Pastor-Satorras,

    Affiliation: Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

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  • Morten H. Christiansen mail

    christiansen@cornell.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States of America, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America

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  • Published: October 30, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048029

About the Authors

Andrea Baronchelli
Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Nick Chater
Behavioural Science Group, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Romualdo Pastor-Satorras
Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Morten H. Christiansen
Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States of America
Morten H. Christiansen
Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: christiansen@cornell.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AB NC RPS MHC. Performed the experiments: AB. Analyzed the data: AB. Wrote the paper: AB NC RPS MHC.