Paper: Measuring Language Divergence By Intra-Lexical Comparison

ACL ID P06-1035
Title Measuring Language Divergence By Intra-Lexical Comparison
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2006
Authors

This paper presents a method for build- ing genetic language taxonomies based on a new approach to comparing lexi- cal forms. Instead of comparing forms cross-linguistically, a matrix of language- internal similarities between forms is cal- culated. These matrices are then com- pared to give distances between languages. We argue that this coheres better with current thinking in linguistics and psy- cholinguistics. An implementation of this approach, called PHILOLOGICON, is de- scribed, along with its application to Dyen et al.’s (1992) ninety-five wordlists from Indo-European languages.