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p. 223. Phylogenetic linguistics: establishing linguistic relationshipslocked

  • Stephen R. Anderson


‘Phylogenetic linguistics: establishing linguistic relationships ’ considers the historical dimension of language identity, not only in terms of the relationship among languages, but also in the continuity of what counts as a particular language over time. Exploring the extent and depth of linguistic families tells us something about the world's linguistic diversity, even if it does not seem very helpful in the enterprise of quantifying it. Whatever the histories of many languages may be, however, the conditions of the modern world suggest that these are about to come to a somewhat abrupt end.

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