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Readership: Scholars and advanced students of historical linguistics, language contact and change, and the classification of languages, including linguists, archaeologists, population geneticists, and anthopologists. Plus dedicated general readers interested in language families and language change.
April McMahon, University of Edinburgh, and Robert McMahon, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
"There are many reasons to recommend Language Classification by Numbers...intelligent discussions..." - John Nerbonne, Linguistic Typology
"...this is a great book for raising questions." - Claire Bowern, Linguistic Typolog
"A gentle introduction...in which they address many of the fundamental questions concerning the application of quantitative and computational techniques, including phylogenetics, to questions in historical linguistics." - John Nerbonne, Linguistic Typology
1: How do Linguists Classify Languages?
3: Tree-Based Quantitative Approaches - Computational Cladistics
4: Tree-Based Quantitative Approaches: Sublists
5: Correlations Between Genetic and Linguistic Data
6: Climbing Down from the Trees: Network Models
8: Quantitative Methods Beyond the Lexicon