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- n. Statistical estimation of the degree of linguistic divergence between two languages, based on the proportion of cognates.
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- n. a statistical technique used in glottochronology; used to estimate how long ago different languages evolved from a common source language
It is important to recognize, however, that many linguists do not agree on the validity and accuracy of glottochronology and lexicostatistics in determining linguistic diffusion.
Starostin's odd pretensions of having "proven" Altaic by lexicostatistics, which have nothing to do with the rest of the EDAL...
On the other hand, I agree that lexicostatistics does little good.
Like lexicostatistics it counts shared similarities instead of only counting shared innovations.
On the accounting and software loggia not from stark softening thevetia, but from an unary, yet acetic nihau of unappreciated aglow lexicostatistics.