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Automated Dating of the World's Language Families Based on Lexical Similarity

Holman, Eric W.; Brown, Cecil H.; Wichmann, Soren; Muller, Andre; Velupillai, Viveka; Hammarstrom, Harald; Sauppe, Sebastian; Jung, Hagen; Bakker, Dik; Brown, Pamela; Belyaev, Oleg; Urban, Matthias; Mailhammer, Robert; List, Johann-Mattis; Egorov, Dmitry


This paper describes a computerized alternative to glottochronology for estimating elapsed time since parent languages diverged into daughter languages. The method, developed by the Automated Similarity Judgment Program (ASJP) consortium, is different from glottochronology in four major respects: (1) it is automated and thus is more objective, (2) it applies a uniform analytical approach to a single database of worldwide languages, (3) it is based on lexical similarity as determined from...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Anthropology
DOI: 10.1086/662127


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