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Computational phylogenetics and the classification of South American languages

  • Author(s): Michael, L;
  • Chousou-Polydouri, N
  • et al.

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.

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