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  Bayesian phylolinguistics reveals the internal structure of the Transeurasian family

Robbeets, M., & Bouckaert, R. (2018). Bayesian phylolinguistics reveals the internal structure of the Transeurasian family. Journal of Language Evolution, 3(2), 145-162. doi:10.1093/jole/lzy007.

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Robbeets, Martine1, 2, Author              
Bouckaert, Remco, Author
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1Eurasia3angle, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2301699              
2Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, Kahlaische Str. 10, 07745 Jena, DE, ou_2074311              

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 Abstract: The historical connection between the Transeurasian languages, i.e. the Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic, and Turkic languages, is among the most disputed issues of historical linguistics. Here, we will combine the power of classical historical-comparative linguistics and computational Bayesian phylogenetic methods to infer a phylogeny of the Transeurasian languages. To this end, we will use lexical etymologies supporting the reconstruction of proto-Transeurasian forms with meanings that belong to the Leipzig-Jakarta 200 basic vocabulary list. Our application of Bayesian phylogenetic inference to the classification of the Transeurasian languages is unprecedented. In addition to the methodological implications for Bayesian inference applied to proposed language phyla at relatively deep time depths and with relatively sparse sets of surviving daughter languages, our research has also factual implications for the existing theories of Transeurasian relationships. Our results move the field forward in that they provide a quantitative basis to test various competing hypotheses with regard to the internal structure of the Transeurasian family.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-08-062018-08
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 18
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1093/jole/lzy007
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Project name : Eurasia3angle
Grant ID : 646612
Funding program : Horizon 2020 (H2020)
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)

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Title: Journal of Language Evolution
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Publ. Info: Oxford : Oxford University Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 3 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 145 - 162 Identifier: ISSN: 2058-458X
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