Computational phylogenetics and the classification of South American languages
- Author(s): Michael, Lev
- Chousou‐Polydouri, Natalia
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1111/lnc3.12358
In recent years, South Americanist linguists have embraced computational phylogenetic methods to resolve the numerous outstanding questions about the genealogi- cal 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 develop- ing adequate comparative datasets for producing well- resolved classifications.