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On the Empirical and Mathematical basis of Syntactic Comparison

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ConferenceThe 3rd Formal Ways of Analyzing Variation conference (FWAV3)
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Conference date(s)18/05/1619/11/16

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DatePublished - 19 May 2016
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Recent studies have taken advantage of computational techniques to investigate the evolution of Indo-European languages. However, these methods are not able to overcome the time constraints on lexical evolution, which limit a broader application of the Classical Comparative Method, and therefore cannot be used above the family level. For this reason, evidence from cross-family relationships must come from other domains (e.g. phonetics). Longobardi and Guardiano (2009) shows that another domain, syntax, is a potential source for cross-family comparison. In this paper, we evaluate the method proposed in L&G (2009), the PCM, and argue through a random generation of possible grammars that syntactic distances can be useful to detect signals of historical relatedness above the Indo-European level.

    Research areas

  • SYNTAX, Historical Linguistics, PHYLOGENETIC COMPARATIVE ANALYSES

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