Computational Phylogenetics and the Classification of South American Languages

Abstract: 

In recent years, South Americanist linguists have embraced computational phylogenetic methods to resolve the numerous outstanding questions about the genealogical relationships among the languages of the continent. We provide a critical review of the methods and language classification results that have accumulated thus far, emphasizing the superiority of character-based methods over distance-based ones, and the importance of developing adequate comparative datasets for producing well-resolved classifications.

Author: 
Lev Michael
Natalia Chousou-Polydouri
Publication date: 
January 15, 2020
Publication type: 
Recent Publication
Citation: 
Michael, L., & Chousou‐Polydouri, N. (2019). Computational phylogenetics and the classification of South American languages. Language and Linguistics Compass, 13(12), e12358.