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LINGUIST List 23.4182

Mon Oct 08 2012

Books: Quantitative Approaches to Linguistic Diversity: Wichmann, Grant (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Oct-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Quantitative Approaches to Linguistic Diversity: Wichmann, Grant (Eds)
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Title: Quantitative Approaches to Linguistic Diversity
Subtitle: Commemorating the centenary of the birth of Morris Swadesh
Series Title: Benjamins Current Topics 46
Published: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/bct.46

Editor: Søren Wichmann
Editor: Anthony P. Grant
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273352 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 128.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273352 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 85.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273352 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 71.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202659 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 90.10
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202659 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202659 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 128.00
Abstract:

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).

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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