Biological Evolution and the Diversification of Languages

Terhi Honkola

Major interests

  • Phylogenetic analysis of Uralic languages
  • Quantitative analysis of linguistic variation
  • Applying population genetic methods on dialect data
  • Importance of extralinguistic variables in language evolution

List of publications

Published

  • Honkola, T. 2016. “Kielten makro- ja mikroevoluutio: Kielten erkaantumisen tutkiminen evoluutiobiologisista lähtökohdista.” Lektio. Virittäjän Verkkolehti 1.
  • Syrjänen, K., Honkola, T., Lehtinen, J., Leino, A. & Vesakoski, O. (accepted) “Applying population genetic approaches within languages: Finnish dialects as linguistic populations. Language Dynamics and Change.
  • Ala-Honkola, O., Laine, L., Pekkala, N., Kotiaho, J. S., Honkola, T. & Puurtinen, M. 2015. “Males gain fitness benefits by mating with outbred females in Drosophila littoralis: male choice for genetic quality?” Ethology 121: 577–585. DOI: 10.1111/eth.12369.
  • Lehtinen, J., Honkola, T., Korhonen, K., Syrjänen, K., Wahlberg, N. & Vesakoski, O. (2014) “Behind family trees: Secondary connections in Uralic language networks”, Language Dynamics and Change 4: 189-221. DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00402007.
  • Honkola, T., Vesakoski, O., Korhonen, K., Lehtinen, J., Syrjänen, K. & Wahlberg, N. 2013. Cultural and climatic changes shape the evolutionary history of the Uralic languages. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 1244–1253. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12107.
  • Syrjänen, K., Honkola, T., Lehtinen, J., Korhonen, K., Vesakoski, O. & Wahlberg, N. 2013. Shedding more light on language classification using basic vocabularies and phylogenetic methods: A case study of Uralic. Diachronica 30: 323-352. DOI: 10.1075/dia.30.3.02syr.

Pending manuscripts

  • Honkola, T., Vesakoski, O.,Tammi, I., Ruokolainen, K., Wahlberg, N., Syrjänen, K. & Leino, A. Extralinguistic variables shaping the spatial pattern of linguistic variation. MS.

Contact information

Email: terhi.honkola(at)utu.fi

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