Tutorial on computational linguistic phylogeny

Johanna Nichols, Tandy Warnow

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Over the last 10 or more years, there has been a tremendous increase in the use of computational techniques (many of which come directly from biology) for estimating evolutionary histories (i.e., phylogenies) of languages. This tutorial surveys the different methods and different types of linguistic data that have been used to estimate phylogenies, explains the scientific and mathematical foundations of phylogenetic estimation, and presents methodologies for evaluating a phylogeny estimation method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)760-820
Number of pages61
JournalLinguistics and Language Compass
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language


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