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

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...