Basic vocabulary and Bayesian phylolinguistics Issues of understanding and representation

Simon Greenhill, Russell Gray

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    Abstract

    Donohue et al.'s critique of our work on the origins and spread of the Austronesian language family is marred by misunderstandings. We respond to these by noting that our Bayesian phylogenetic approach: (1) distinguishes between retentions and innovations probabilistically, (2) focuses on basic vocabulary not 'the lexicon', (3) eliminates known loanwords, (4) produces results that are congruent with the results of the comparative method and conflict with the scenarios requiring unprecedented amounts of language shift postulated by Donohue et al.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)523-537
    JournalDiachronica
    Volume29
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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