Paper: An Open Source Toolkit for Quantitative Historical Linguistics

ACL ID P13-4003
Title An Open Source Toolkit for Quantitative Historical Linguistics
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session System Demonstration
Year 2013
Authors

Given the increasing interest and devel- opment of computational and quantitative methods in historical linguistics, it is im- portant that scholars have a basis for doc- umenting, testing, evaluating, and shar- ing complex workflows. We present a novel open-source toolkit for quantitative tasks in historical linguistics that offers these features. This toolkit also serves as an interface between existing software packages and frequently used data for- mats, and it provides implementations of new and existing algorithms within a ho- mogeneous framework. We illustrate the toolkit?s functionality with an exemplary workflow that starts with raw language data and ends with automatically calcu- lated phonetic alignments, cognates and borrowings. We then illustrate evaluation metrics on gold sta...