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This paper presents models for automatic transliteration of proper names between languages that use different alphabets. The models are an extension of our work on automatic discovery of patterns of etymological sound change, based on the Minimum Description Length Principle. The models for pairwise alignment are extended with algorithms for prediction that(More)
We present methods for investigating processes of evolution in a language family by modeling relationships among the observed languages. The models aim to find regularities—regular correspondences in lexical data. We present an algorithm which codes the data using pho-netic features of sounds, and learns long-range contextual rules that condition recurrent(More)
This paper presents a method for linking models for aligning linguistic etymologi-cal data with models for phylogenetic inference from population genetics. We begin with a large database of genetically related words—sets of cognates—from languages in a language family. We process the cognate sets to obtain a complete alignment of the data. We use the(More)
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