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Computational phylogenetics and the classification of South American languages

  • Author(s): Michael, Lev
  • Chousou‐Polydouri, Natalia
  • et al.
Abstract

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.

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