Quantitative Approaches to Linguistic Diversity

Commemorating the centenary of the birth of Morris Swadesh

Søren Wichmann | MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology & Leiden University
Anthony P. Grant | Edge Hill University
ISBN 9789027202659 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
ISBN 9789027273352 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
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Quantitative methods in linguistics, which the protean American structuralist linguist Morris Swadesh introduced in the 1950s, have become increasingly popular and have opened the world of languages to interdisciplinary approaches. The papers collected here are the work not only of descriptive and historical linguists, but also statisticians, physicists and computer scientists. They demonstrate the application of quantitative methods to the elucidation of linguistic prehistory on an unprecedented world-wide scale, providing cutting-edge insights into issues of the linguistic correlates of subsistence strategies, rates of birth and extinction of languages, lexical borrowability, the identification of language family homelands, the assessment of genealogical relationships, and the development of new phylogenetic methods appropriate for linguistic data.
Originally published in Diachronica 27:2 (2010).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 46] 2012.  x, 182 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
“This collection is an important contribution to quantitative methods to linguistic diversity.”

Main BIC Subject

CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012027511