UM Linguistics meets Stanford Genetics


By Robin Queen
Oct 27, 2013 Bookmark and Share

UM Linguistics meets Stanford Genetics

(from left): Noah Rosenberg, Ethan Jewett, Marlyse Baptista and Paul Verdu.

This summer, Marlyse Baptista went to Stanford University to work with Noah Rosenberg, Paul Verdu and Ethan Jewett, a team of geneticists specialized in population admixture.  This collaborative project aims at reconstructing the history of both Creole language varieties and genetic diversity of Creole speaking populations in Cape Verde islands. The project that started in 2010 resulted in a draft of its first publication this August.  Their paper lays out the results of the analyses of both linguistic data and DNA samples that Marlyse and Paul collected from 50 individuals on the island of Santiago in 2010 and 2011.