So I was reading the New York Times and I ran across this article about potential new findings regarding the origins of language. Specifically, one Dr. Atkinson has been using the same mathematical modeling techniques that they use in tracing genetic trees for linguistic history. It's an interesting article in its own right, but I couldn't help but wonder what Tolkien would have thought of this as a philologist. Perhaps even more interesting is to wonder how this effects the concept of one's "native language." I don't necessarily have any answers; I just found it this morning. Anyways, here's the link to the article.