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Computer-Assisted Language Comparison: Reconciling Computational and Classical Approaches in Historical Linguistics


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Free software tools include updates of the LingPy library for quantitative tasks in historical linguistics ( and the EDICTOR tool for handling etymological dictionaries. These will be updated in regular release cycles and immediately made public by submitting the data to ZENODO.

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Are Automatic Methods for Cognate Detection Good Enough for Phylogenetic Reconstruction in Historical Linguistics?

Author(s): Taraka Rama, Johann-Mattis List, Johannes Wahle, Gerhard Jäger
Published in: Proceedings of the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, Volume 2 (Short Papers), 2018, Page(s) 393-400
DOI: 10.18653/v1/n18-2063

More on Network Approaches in Historical Chinese Phonology (音韻學)

Author(s): List , Johann-Mattis
Published in: LFK Society Young Scholars Symposium, Issue 2, 2018, Page(s) 157-174
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1171901

An automated framework for fast cognate detection and Bayesian phylogenetic inference in computational historical linguistics

Author(s): Taraka Rama and Johann-Mattis List
Published in: 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 2019

A web-based interactive tool for creating, inspecting, editing, and publishing etymological datasets

Author(s): List, J.
Published in: Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. System Demonstrations, Issue 2017, 2017, Page(s) 9-12

CLICS2: An improved database of cross-linguistic colexifications assembling lexical data with the help of cross-linguistic data formats

Author(s): Johann-Mattis List, Simon J. Greenhill, Cormac Anderson, Thomas Mayer, Tiago Tresoldi, Robert Forkel
Published in: Linguistic Typology, Issue 22/2, 2018, Page(s) 277-306, ISSN 1613-415X
DOI: 10.1515/lingty-2018-0010

Sequence comparison in computational historical linguistics

Author(s): Johann-Mattis List, Mary Walworth, Simon J Greenhill, Tiago Tresoldi, Robert Forkel
Published in: Journal of Language Evolution, Issue 3/2, 2018, Page(s) 130-144, ISSN 2058-458X
DOI: 10.1093/jole/lzy006

Relativisation in Wobzi Khroskyabs and the integration of genitivisation

Author(s): Yunfan Lai
Published in: Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, Issue 41/2, 2018, Page(s) 219-262, ISSN 0731-3500
DOI: 10.1075/ltba.17015.lai

Challenges of annotation and analysis in computer-assisted language comparison: A case study on Burmish languages

Author(s): Nathan W. Hill, Johann-Mattis List
Published in: Yearbook of the Poznan Linguistic Meeting, Issue 3/1, 2017, Page(s) 47-76, ISSN 2449-7525
DOI: 10.1515/yplm-2017-0003

Using ancestral state reconstruction methods for onomasiological reconstruction in multilingual word lists

Author(s): Gerhard Jäger, Johann-Mattis List
Published in: Language Dynamics and Change, Issue 8/1, 2018, Page(s) 22-54, ISSN 2210-5824
DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00801002

Cross-Linguistic Data Formats, advancing data sharing and re-use in comparative linguistics

Author(s): Robert Forkel, Johann-Mattis List, Simon J. Greenhill, Christoph Rzymski, Sebastian Bank, Michael Cysouw, Harald Hammarström, Martin Haspelmath, Gereon A. Kaiping, Russell D. Gray
Published in: Scientific Data, Issue 5, 2018, Page(s) 180205, ISSN 2052-4463
DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2018.205

Save the trees

Author(s): Guillaume Jacques, Johann-Mattis List
Published in: Journal of Historical Linguistics, Issue 9/1, 2019, Page(s) 128-166, ISSN 2210-2116
DOI: 10.1075/jhl.17008.mat

Automatic Inference of Sound Correspondence Patterns across Multiple Languages

Author(s): Johann-Mattis List
Published in: Computational Linguistics, Issue 45/1, 2019, Page(s) 137-161, ISSN 0891-2017
DOI: 10.1162/coli_a_00344

Dated language phylogenies shed light on the ancestry of Sino-Tibetan

Author(s): Laurent Sagart, Guillaume Jacques, Yunfan Lai, Robin J. Ryder, Valentin Thouzeau, Simon J. Greenhill, Johann-Mattis List
Published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Issue 116/21, 2019, Page(s) 10317-10322, ISSN 0027-8424
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1817972116

A cross-linguistic database of phonetic transcription systems

Author(s): Cormac Anderson, Tiago Tresoldi, Thiago Chacon, Anne-Maria Fehn, Mary Walworth, Robert Forkel, Johann-Mattis List
Published in: Yearbook of the Poznan Linguistic Meeting, Issue 4/1, 2018, Page(s) 21-53, ISSN 2449-7525
DOI: 10.2478/yplm-2018-0002

Towards a standardized annotation of rhyme judgments in Chinese historical phonology (and beyond)

Author(s): List, J.; Hill, N.; Foster, C.
Published in: Journal of Language Relationship, Issue 2, 2019, ISSN 2219-4029

A study of cognates between Gyalrong and Old Chinese

Author(s): Zhang, S.; Guillaume, J.; Lai, Y.
Published in: Journal of Language Relationship, Issue 1, 2019, ISSN 2219-4029

Automated methods for the investigation of language contact, with a focus on lexical borrowing

Author(s): Johann‐Mattis List
Published in: Language and Linguistics Compass, 2019, ISSN 1749-818X
DOI: 10.1111/lnc3.12355

Old chinese and friends: new approaches to historical linguistics of the Sino-Tibetan area

Author(s): List, J.; Lai, Y.; Starostin, G.
Published in: Journal of Language Relationship, Issue 1, 2019, ISSN 2219-4029

Evolutionary dynamics in the dispersal of sign languages

Author(s): Justin M. Power, Guido W. Grimm, Johann-Mattis List
Published in: Royal Society Open Science, Issue 7/1, 2020, Page(s) 191100, ISSN 2054-5703
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.191100

Emotion semantics show both cultural variation and universal structure

Author(s): Joshua Conrad Jackson, Joseph Watts, Teague R. Henry, Johann-Mattis List, Robert Forkel, Peter J. Mucha, Simon J. Greenhill, Russell D. Gray, Kristen A. Lindquist
Published in: Science, Issue 366/6472, 2019, Page(s) 1517-1522, ISSN 0036-8075
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw8160

The Database of Cross-Linguistic Colexifications, reproducible analysis of cross-linguistic polysemies

Author(s): Christoph Rzymski, Tiago Tresoldi, Simon J. Greenhill, Mei-Shin Wu, Nathanael E. Schweikhard, Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Volker Gast, Timotheus A. Bodt, Abbie Hantgan, Gereon A. Kaiping, Sophie Chang, Yunfan Lai, Natalia Morozova, Heini Arjava, Nataliia Hübler, Ezequiel Koile, Steve Pepper, Mariann Proos, Briana Van Epps, Ingrid Blanco, Carolin Hundt, Sergei Monakhov, Kristina Pianykh, Sallona Rame
Published in: Scientific Data, Issue 7/1, 2020, ISSN 2052-4463
DOI: 10.1038/s41597-019-0341-x

Beyond edit distances: Comparing linguistic reconstruction systems

Author(s): Johann-Mattis List
Published in: Theoretical Linguistics, Issue 45/3-4, 2019, Page(s) 247-258, ISSN 0301-4428
DOI: 10.1515/tl-2019-0016

DAFSA: a Python library for Deterministic Acyclic Finite State Automata

Author(s): Tiago Tresoldi
Published in: Journal of Open Source Software, Issue 5/46, 2020, Page(s) 1986, ISSN 2475-9066
DOI: 10.21105/joss.01986

Towards a history of concept list compilation in historical linguistics

Author(s): Johann-Mattis List
Published in: History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences, Issue 10, 2018, ISSN 2366-2409
DOI: 10.17613/xy30-ep36

Testing the predictive strength of the comparative method: an ongoing experiment on unattested words in Western Kho‐Bwa languages

Author(s): Timotheus A. Bodt, Johann‐Mattis List
Published in: Papers in Historical Phonology, Issue 4, 2019, Page(s) 22-44, ISSN 2399-6714
DOI: 10.2218/pihph.4.2019.3037