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Phylogenetic methods and the prehistory of languages

Author: Peter Forster; Colin Renfrew
Publisher: Cambridge : McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 2005.
Series: McDonald Institute monographs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evolutionary ('phylogenetic') trees were first used to infer lost histories nearly two centuries ago by manuscript scholars reconstructing original texts. Today, computer methods are enabling  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Forster; Colin Renfrew
ISBN: 1902937333 9781902937335
OCLC Number: 454975389
Description: x, 220 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Contents: Introduction; Part 1: Classification Malagasy Language As A Guide To Understanding Malagasy History (Robert Dewar); The Basis Of Linguistic Phylogenetics (Isidore Diven); Rapid Radiation, Borrowing And Dialect Continua In The Bantu Languages (Clare Holden and Russell D Gray); Multilateral Comparison And Signi.Cance Testing Of The Indo-Uralic Question (Brett Kessler and Annukka Lehtonen); Bantu Classi.Cation, Bantu Trees And Phylogenetic Methods (Lutz Marten); Quasi-Cognates And Lexical Type Shifts: Rigorous Distance Measures For Long Range Comparison (Johanna Nichols); Phylogenetic Analysis Of Written Traditions (Matthew Spencer et al); A Stochastic Model Of Language Evolution That Incorporates Homoplasy And Borrowing (Tandy Warnow et al); Part 2: Chronology How Old Is The Indo-European Language Family? - Illumination Or More Moths To The Flame? (Quentin D Atkinson and Russell D Gray); Radiation And Network Breaking In Polynesian Linguistics (David Bryant); Inference Of Divergence Times As A Statistical Inverse Problem (Steven N Evans, Don Ringe and Tandy Warnow); Evolution Of English Basic Vocabulary Within The Network Of Germanic Languages (Peter Forster, Tobias Polzin and Arne Rhl); Convergence In The Formation Of Indo-European Subgroups: Phylogeny And Chronology (Andrew Garrett); Why Linguists Don't Do Dates: Evidence From Indo-European And Australian Languages (April McMahon and Robert McMahon); Quantifying Uncertainty In A Stochastic Model Of Vocabulary Evolution (G K Nicholls and R D Gray); Estimating Rates Of Lexical Replacement On Phylogenetic Trees Of Languages (Mark Pagel and Andrew Meade); Conclusion: Interdisciplinary Indiscipline? Can Phylogenetic Methods Meaningfully Be Applied To Language Data - And To Dating Language? (Paul Hegagarty); Glossary.
Series Title: McDonald Institute monographs.
Responsibility: edited by Peter Forster and Colin Renfrew.

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