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The Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database: From bioinformatics to lexomics

Greenhill, Simon; Blust, Robert; Gray, Russell


Phylogenetic methods have revolutionised evolutionary biology and have recently been applied to studies of linguistic and cultural evolution. However, the basic comparative data on the languages of the world required for these analyses is often widely dispersed in hard to obtain sources. Here we outline how our Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database (ABVD) helps remedy this situation by collating wordlists from over 500 languages into one web-accessible database. We describe the technology...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Evolutionary Bioinformatics
Access Rights: Open Access


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