Quantitative Approaches to Linguistic Diversity

Commemorating the centenary of the birth of Morris Swadesh

| MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology & Leiden University
| Edge Hill University
ISBN 9789027202659 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
ISBN 9789027273352 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
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
Articles / Aufsätze
Swadesh’s life and place in linguistics
Anthony P. Grant
A full-scale test of the language farming dispersal hypothesis
Harald Hammarström
Do languages originate and become extinct at constant rates?
Eric W. Holman
Borrowability and the notion of basic vocabulary
Uri Tadmor, Martin Haspelmath and Bradley Taylor
Homelands of the world’s language families: A quantitative approach
Søren Wichmann, André Müller and Viveka Velupillai
On using qualitative lexicostatistics to illuminate language history: Some techniques and case studies
Anthony P. Grant
Beyond lexicostatistics: How to get more out of ‘word list’ comparisons
Paul Heggarty
Phonetic comparison, varieties, and networks: Swadesh’s influence lives on here too
Jennifer Sullivan and April McMahon
A stochastic local search approach to language tree reconstruction
Francesca Tria, Emanuele Caglioti, Vittorio Loreto and Andrea Pagnani
Author index
Index of languages and language groups
Subject index
“This collection is an important contribution to quantitative methods to linguistic diversity.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012027511 | Marc record