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Quantitative Historical Linguistics: A Corpus Framework

Gard B. Jenset and Barbara McGillivray


An innovative guide to quantitative, corpus-based research in historical and diachronic linguistics, this book provides an original and thoroughly worked-out methodological framework, which encompasses the entire research process. The authors argue that, although historical linguistics has been successful in using the comparative method, the field lags behind other branches of linguistics with respect to adopting quantitative methods. In a theoretically agnostic way, the book provides a framework for quantitatively assessing models and hypotheses in historical linguistics, based on corpus data ... More

Keywords: historical linguistics, quantitative methods, corpus linguistics, methodological framework, reproducible research, historical corpora, historical language resources

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718178
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198718178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gard B. Jenset, author
Independent Researcher

Barbara McGillivray, author
Research Fellow, Alan Turing Institute/University of Cambridge