Multivariate Classification Methods for Lexical and Phonological Dissimilarities and Their Application to the Uto-Aztecan Family

  title={Multivariate Classification Methods for Lexical and Phonological Dissimilarities and Their Application to the Uto-Aztecan Family},
  author={M. Cortina-Borja and J. Stuart-Smith and L. Vali{\~n}as-Coalla},
  journal={Journal of Quantitative Linguistics},
  pages={124 - 97}
We present some methodological guidelines for analyzing linguistic dissimilarity matrices, in particular graph-theoretic procedures and multivariate methods. We discuss the usefulness and limitations of phonological data besides lexical data as the basis of linguistic classification from data analysis procedures. 
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