Linguistic Reconstruction

There’s no escaping phylogenetics

The comparative method depends crucially on the phylogenetic tree of the languages under comparison, but in many linguistic families, including Indo-European, the true tree is unknown. To circumvent this issue, frequency heuristics have been devised …

Review of W.H. Baxter and L. Sagart, Old Chinese: A new reconstruction (Oxford 2014)

Review of R. Lühr and S. Ziegler, edd. Protolanguage and Prehistory: Akten der XII. Fachtagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft (Wiesbaden 2009)