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Seminar: Investigating Cultural Evolution and Human Biogeography Using the D-PLACE Database, Hannah Haynie, 18 Apr

Australian National University

Date: 16 April 2018

Seminar: Investigating Cultural Evolution and Human Biogeography Using the D-PLACE Database

Speaker: Hannah Haynie, GELTS Research Group, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

When: 18 April, 3pm-5pm

Where: Engma Room (5019), HC Coombs Building, ANU


The D-PLACE database of places, languages, culture, and environment has recently made available a large dataset of cross-cultural and environmental data that is linked to languages and referenced by place and time. In this seminar I demonstrate how the database might be used by linguists interested in incorporating cultural data into linguistic studies, and discuss recent analyses that highlight the use of this database. In particular, I will discuss the use of D-PLACE data to examine the biogeography of human subsistence, the evolutionary pathways by which social inequality arises, and population models that have contributed to the study of language diversity.

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