Discuss results - Quantitative linguistics

Is this about quantitative linguistics?
Posted by: Leon on February 12, 2013, 02:26
Very interesting approach indeed. I was wondering why you call it "elinguistics" or "computerized comparative linguistics" - or you even use "historical linguistics". Don't you think "Quantitative linguistics" is the right expression for what your site is about?
Posted by: Vincent on February 12, 2013, 21:46
Hi Leon, Thank you for this remark. Quantitative linguistics is much more general and about the use of mathematics in linguistics generally speaking. In fact, all this terms - historical, comparative, evolutionary, anthropological or quantitative linguistics are all quite broad - and certainly overlapping in some ways. This blog is about quantification of a genetic proximity between languages and as a result of it - the ability to carry out and represent mass comparisons between languages - it is about language classification. The terms best matching this are Lexicostatistics and Glottochronology.
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