Carbon dating in archaeology employs the dissipation of isotopes, to date ancient finds. This project harnesses the insights of dissipating information, to discover language histories. It does so by bringing together two, high-definition technologies: powerful, computational statistical engines pioneered in genetics, and an innovative kind of very fine-grained, statistically optimised observations of language structure. Calibrated against traditional and cutting edge linguistic analyses, it offers new insight into how languages reveal history, and how cultural groups speaking the Uralic languages of Eurasia and Australian Aboriginal languages diverged, spread, and interacted, from a distant past to the recent present.

Project members

Dr Erich Round

Linguistics Discipline
ARC DECRA Snr Research Fellow
School of Languages and Cultures