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lexicostatistics

Definitions

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  • noun Statistical estimation of the degree of linguistic divergence between two languages, based on the proportion of cognates.

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  • noun a statistical technique used in glottochronology; used to estimate how long ago different languages evolved from a common source language

Etymologies

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lexico- +‎ statistics

Examples

  • 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.

    Are you related to the Aztecs?

  • 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.

    Are you related to the Aztecs?

  • Starostin's odd pretensions of having "proven" Altaic by lexicostatistics, which have nothing to do with the rest of the EDAL...

    How NOT to reconstruct a protolanguage

  • On the other hand, I agree that lexicostatistics does little good.

    How NOT to reconstruct a protolanguage

  • Like lexicostatistics it counts shared similarities instead of only counting shared innovations.

    How NOT to reconstruct a protolanguage

  • On the accounting and software loggia not from stark softening thevetia, but from an unary, yet acetic nihau of unappreciated aglow lexicostatistics.

    Rational Review

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