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Language evolution in China

The impetus behind the development of various Chinese dialects is as yet unknown. In a comprehensive quantitative coanalysis of linguistic and genetic data across China, Yang et al. find evidence to suggest that demographic diffusion, cultural diffusion and linguistic assimilation all contributed to the expansive diversity of Chinese dialects.

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Fig. 1: Evolutionary driving forces that contribute to the diversity of Chinese dialects.


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Xu, Y., Wang, CC. Language evolution in China. Nat Hum Behav 8, 1008–1009 (2024).

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