Perfect Phylogenetic Networks: A New Methodology for Reconstructing the Evolutionary History of Natural Languages

@article{Nakhleh2005PerfectPN,
  title={Perfect Phylogenetic Networks: A New Methodology for Reconstructing the Evolutionary History of Natural Languages},
  author={Luay Nakhleh and Luay Donald A. Tandy Ringe and Luay Donald A. Tandy Warnow},
  journal={Language},
  year={2005},
  volume={81},
  pages={382 - 420}
}
In this article we extend the model of language evolution exemplified in Ringe et al. 2002, which recovers phylogenetic trees optimized according to a criterion of weighted maximum compatibility, to include cases in which languages remain in contact and trade linguistic material as they evolve. We describe our analysis of an Indo-European (IE) dataset (originally assembled by Ringe and Taylor) based on this new model. Our study shows that this new model fits the IE family well and suggests that… Expand
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