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Research Article

Genetic and Linguistic Coevolution in Northern Island Melanesia

  • Keith Hunley mail,

    khunley@unm.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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  • Michael Dunn,

    Affiliations: Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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  • Eva Lindström,

    Affiliation: Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

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  • Ger Reesink,

    Affiliation: Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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  • Angela Terrill,

    Affiliation: Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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  • Meghan E. Healy,

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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  • George Koki,

    Affiliation: Human Genetics, Institute for Medical Research, Goroka, Papua New Guinea

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  • Françoise R. Friedlaender,

    Affiliation: Independent Researcher, Sharon, Connecticut, United States of America

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  • Jonathan S. Friedlaender

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Published: October 31, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1000239

About the Authors

Keith Hunley, Meghan E. Healy
Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America
Michael Dunn, Ger Reesink, Angela Terrill
Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Michael Dunn
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Eva Lindström
Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
George Koki
Human Genetics, Institute for Medical Research, Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Françoise R. Friedlaender
Independent Researcher, Sharon, Connecticut, United States of America
Jonathan S. Friedlaender
Department of Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: khunley@unm.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: KH. Performed the experiments: KH. Analyzed the data: KH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KH MD EL GR AT MEH GK FRF JSF. Wrote the paper: KH JSF. Contributed to data collection, interpretation of data, and critical revision of the manuscript: MD EL GR AT MEH FRF. Contributed to data collection and analysis: GK. Contributed to study design, data collection, writing, and critical evaluation of all aspects of the project: JSF.