publications Simon J. Greenhill's Publications

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  1. Greenhill SJ, Wu C-H, Hua X, Dunn M, Levinson S, & Gray, RD. 2017. The evolutionary dynamics of language systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: USA, 114(42):E8822-E8829. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1700388114.

  2. List J-M, Greenhill SJ, Gray RD (2017) The Potential of Automatic Word Comparison for Historical Linguistics. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0170046. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0170046

  3. Birchall J, Dunn M, & Greenhill SJ. 2016. A Combined Comparative and Phylogenetic Analysis of the Chapacuran Language Family. International Journal of American Linguistics 82(3). 255–284. DOI: 10.1086/687383

  4. Kirby KR, Gray RD, Greenhill SJ, Jordan FM, Gomes-Ng S, Bibiko H-J, et al. 2016. D-PLACE: A Global Database of Cultural, Linguistic and Environmental Diversity. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158391

  5. Atkinson QD, Coomber T, Passmore S, Greenhill SJ, Kushnick G (2016) Cultural and Environmental Predictors of Pre-European Deforestation on Pacific Islands. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0156340. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156340

  6. Greenhill SJ. 2016. Overview: Debating the effect of environment on language. Journal of Language Evolution, 1, 30-32.

  7. Greenhill SJ (2015) TransNewGuinea.org: An Online Database of New Guinea Languages. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0141563. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0141563

  8. Watts J, Sheehan O, Greenhill SJ, Gomes-Ng S, Atkinson QD, Bulbulia J, et al. (2015) Pulotu: Database of Austronesian Supernatural Beliefs and Practices. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0136783. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0136783

  9. Cardillo M, Bromham L, Greenhill SJ (2015) Links between language diversity and species richness can be confounded by spatial autocorrelation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. in press.

  10. Watts J, Greenhill SJ, Atkinson QD, Currie TE, Bulbulia J, & Gray RD. 2015. Broad supernatural punishment but not moralizing high gods precede the evolution of political complexity in Austronesia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 20142556.

  11. Bromham L, Hua X, Fitzpatrick T, & Greenhill SJ. 2015. Rate of language evolution is affected by population size. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.

  12. Greenhill SJ. 2015. Evolution and Language: Phylogenetic Analyses. In The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition. Wright, JD (Ed). Elsevier: Oxford.

  13. Koch H, Mailhammer R, Blust R, Bowern C, Daniels D, François A, Greenhill S, Joseph B, Reid L, Ross M, Sidwell P. 2014. Research priorities in historical-comparative linguistics: A view from Asia, Australia and the Pacific. Diachronica, 31:2, 267-278.

  14. Haris Saslis-Lagoudakis C, Hawkins JA, Greenhill SJ, Pendry CA, Watson MF, Tuladhar-Douglas W, Baral SR & Savolainen V. 2014. The evolution of traditional knowledge: environment shapes medicinal plant use in Nepal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

  15. Gray RD, Greenhill SJ, & Atkinson QD. 2013. Phylogenetic models of language change: Three new questions. In Richerson PJ and Christiansen MH (Eds). Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion. MIT Press: Cambridge.

  16. Greenhill SJ. 2014. Demographic correlates of language diversity. In Bowern C & Evans B (Eds). The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics. Routledge: London.

  17. Nagaraja KS, Sidwell P & Greenhill SJ. 2013. A Lexicostatistical Study of the Khasian Languages: Khasi, Pnar, Lyngngam, and War. Mon-Khmer Studies Journal, 42, 1-11.

  18. Ross RM, Greenhill SJ, & Atkinson QD. 2013. Population structure and cultural geography of a folktale in Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280, 20123065.

  19. Bulbulia J, Atkinson QD, Greenhill SJ, & Gray RD. 2013. First Shots Fired For The Phylogenetic Revolution in Religious Studies: a Commentary on David Sloan Wilson. Cliodynamics.

  20. Bulbulia J, Atkinson QD, Gray RD, & Greenhill SJ. 2013. Why do religious cultures evolve slowly? The cultural evolution of cooperative calling and the historical study of religions In: Mind, Morality and Magic: Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies. I. Czachesz & R. Uro (Eds.), Durham. Acumen.

  21. Greenhill SJ, & Gray RD. 2012. Basic vocabulary and Bayesian phylolinguistics: Issues of understanding and representation. Diachronica, 29(4): 523-537.

  22. Bouckaert R, Lemey P, Dunn M, Greenhill SJ, Alekseyenko AV, Drummond AJ, Gray RD, Suchard MA, Atkinson QD. 2012. Mapping the Origins and Expansion of the Indo-European Language Family. Science, 337: 957-960.

  23. Levinson SC, Greenhill SJ, Gray RD, & Dunn M. (2011) Universal typological dependencies should be detectable in the history of language families. Linguistic Typology, 15: 509-534.

  24. Greenhill SJ & Clark R (2011). POLLEX-Online: The Polynesian Lexicon Project Online. Oceanic Linguistics, 50(2), 551-559

  25. Greenhill SJ (2011). Levenshtein distances fail to identify language relationships accurately. Computational Linguistics, 37(4): 689-698.

  26. Dunn M, Greenhill SJ, Levinson SC, & Gray RD. 2011. Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universals. Nature. 473, 79–82. doi:10.1038/nature09923

  27. Gray RD, Atkinson QD, & Greenhill SJ (2011). Language evolution and human history: what a difference a date makes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B, 366, 1090-1100.

  28. Currie TE, Greenhill SJ, Gray RD, Hasegawa T, & Mace R (2010) Rise and fall of political complexity in island South-East Asia and the Pacific. Nature, 467:801-804.

  29. Gray RD, Bryant D, & Greenhill SJ (2010) On the shape and fabric of human history. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B, 365:3923-3933

  30. Currie TE, Greenhill SJ, & Mace R (2010). Is horizontal transmission really a problem for phylogenetic comparative methods? A simulation study using continuous cultural traits. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B, 365:3903-3912

  31. Greenhill SJ, Atkinson QD, Meade A, & Gray RD. (2010) The shape and tempo of language evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 277:2443-2450.

  32. Greenhill SJ, Drummond AJ, & Gray RD (2010) How Accurate and Robust Are the Phylogenetic Estimates of Austronesian Language Relationships? PLoS ONE, 5(3): e9573.

  33. Greenhill SJ, & Gray RD (2009) Darwin, language, and two great Pacific voyages. New Zealand Science Review, 66: 97-101.

  34. Greenhill SJ & Gray RD (2009) Austronesian language phylogenies: Myths and misconceptions about Bayesian computational methods. In Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: a festschrift for Robert Blust (Pp 375-397). A. Adelaar & A. Pawley (Eds). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

  35. Greenhill SJ, Currie TE, & Gray RD (2009) Does horizontal transmission invalidate cultural phylogenies? Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 276: 2299-2306.

  36. Jordan FM, Gray RD, Greenhill SJ, & Mace R (2009) Matrilocal residence is ancestral in Austronesian societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 276:1957-1964.

  37. Gray RD, Drummond AJ, & Greenhill SJ (2009) Language Phylogenies Reveal Expansion Pulses and Pauses in Pacific Settlement. Science, 323: 479-483.

  38. Greenhill SJ, Blust R, & Gray RD (2008) The Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database: From Bioinformatics to Lexomics. Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 4:271-283.

  39. Atkinson QD, Meade A, Venditti C, Greenhill SJ, & Pagel M (2008) Parsing the Evolution of Language (Letter). Science 320 (5875), 446a.

  40. Atkinson QD, Meade A, Venditti C, Greenhill SJ, & Pagel M (2008) Languages evolve in punctuational bursts. Science, 319, 588.

  41. Gray RD, Greenhill SJ, & Ross RM (2007) The Pleasures and Perils of Darwinizing Culture (with phylogenies). Biological Theory, 2(4): 360-375.

  42. Greenhill SJ, & Gray RD. (2005) Testing Population Dispersal Hypotheses: Pacific Settlement, Phylogenetic Trees, and Austronesian Languages. In: The Evolution of Cultural Diversity: Phylogenetic Approaches. Editors: R Mace, C Holden, & S Shennan. Publisher: UCL Press.