An examination of the calibration of linguistic distance. Part II. Covariates

Brown, Simon (2016) An examination of the calibration of linguistic distance. Part II. Covariates. Cultural Anthropology and Ethnosemiotics, 2 (4). pp. 2-13.

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Abstract

The assessment of linguistic relatedness is often based on the analysis of word lists to estimate the distance between languages. To relate the distance to a divergence time requires established calibration data and a model representing the underlying processes of language change. However, the available calibration data may be based on different sorts of evidence, come from different geographical regions and represent different language families, for example. Covariates such as these can impact significantly on the estimated divergence time. This reinforces concerns about the selection of calibration data, especially when just a small number of values are chosen.

Item ID: 52556
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2411-6459
Keywords: dating evidence; geographical region; linguistic distance; model dependence
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 05:27
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200402 Computational Linguistics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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