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Title: Profiling language families by their kin term patterns: A Computational approach
Written By: Vladimir Pericliev
Series Title: LINCOM Etymological Studies 02
Description:

Anthropologist G. P. Murdock’s collection of kin term patterns of 566
languages is grouped into language families according to Ethnologue, and a
sophisticated computer program is employed to profile the language
families, so that each language family is distinguished from all others in
the most parsimonious way. The discovered language family profiles reveal
that kin term patterns may be considered as strong indicators of genetic
affiliation, the patterns for siblings, their spouses and their children
being the best predictors of affiliation. A number of hypotheses regarding
language family membership are evaluated in the light of the discovered
language family profiles and it is suggested that the list of profiles can
serve as a point of reference for diverse problems in
historical-comparative linguistics and typology.

The author is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Mathematics and
Informatics (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). His main research interests
are focused on machine discovery in linguistics. He has published in
various scientific journals, summarizing his efforts in the first monograph
on the subject (“Machine-Aided Linguistic Discovery: An Introduction and
Some Examples” 2010). The present book is a further contribution to the field.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862880546
Pages: 177
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