Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Linguistics

1. the study of human speech, including the units, nature, structure, and modification of language.

2. patterns of learned sounds, signs and symbols that allow communication to occur within a human group. The original use of linguistic studies with regard to human variation studies was the deduction of migration patterns and the relationships between races.

See L. L. Cavalli-Sforza, who has continued this application.

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