A group for the philology (including epigraphy, papyrology, and text criticism) and linguistics of Ancient Greek, Latin, and related languages.
The fact that “all languages evolve, as long as they exist” (Schleicher 1863: 18f) has been long known to linguists and does not surprise us anymore. The reasons why all language change constantly, however, is still not fully understood. What we know, however, is that language usage must be at the core of language evolution. It is the dynamics amo…[Read more]
Skepticism regarding the tree model has a long tradition in historical linguistics. Although scholars have emphasized that the tree model and its long-standing counterpart, the wave theory, are not necessarily incompatible, the opinion that family trees are unrealistic and should be completely abandoned in the field of historical linguistics has…[Read more]
This is a summary of 12 contributions made by me for the blog “The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks” in 2017. The contributions are shared in form of a PDF document with a table of contents that allows for a quick search of the contributions and offers also the direct links to the blog.
This is a summary of 12 contributions made by me for the blog “The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks” in 2016. The contributions are shared in form of a PDF document with a table of contents that allows for a quick search of the contributions and offers also the direct links to the blog.
Despite a period of almost two decades in which quantitative approaches in historical linguistics have been increasingly used, gaining constantly more popularity even among predominantly qualitatively oriented linguists, we find many problems in the field of computational historical linguistics, which have only sporadically been addressed. In the…[Read more]
Johann-Mattis List deposited Computer-Assisted Language Comparison. Reconciling classical and computational approaches in computational historical linguistics in the group Classical Philology and Linguistics on Humanities Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
By comparing the languages of the world, we gain invaluable insights into human prehistory, predating the appearance of written records by thousands of years. The traditional methods for language comparison are based on manual data inspection. With more and more data available, they reach their practical limits. Computer applications, however,…[Read more]
Johann-Mattis List deposited An automated framework for fast cognate detection and Bayesian phylogenetic inference in computational historical linguistics in the group Classical Philology and Linguistics on Humanities Commons 2 months, 2 weeks ago
We present a fully automated workflow for phylogenetic reconstruction on large datasets, consisting of two novel methods, one for fast detection of cognates and one for fast Bayesian phylogenetic inference. Our results show that the methods take less than a few minutes to process language families that have so far required large amounts of time…[Read more]
Pedro Jesús Molina Muñoz deposited El nuevo triunfo de Dioniso. Tradiciones y ritos antiguos en la Grecia Moderna. in the group Classical Philology and Linguistics on Humanities Commons 3 months, 2 weeks ago
This paper is intended to be an approach to the festivities that take place mainly in Thrace and Macedonia, but also in other Greek geographical locations, during the dodecaimero and the three weeks of Carnival prior to Lent and during other important Christian days. Since ancient times, these festivals have maintained their origins in initiation…[Read more]
Horace is sometimes said to profess in the Odes a “poetics of presence”, a philosophical or aesthetic orientation that privileges the here and now. This paper examines how such an orientation toward the present might interact with the poet’s use of the future tense and especially with those future verbs that seem to postpone focal events. It is co…[Read more]
In Books 1-3 of the Odes, Horace makes clear a hierarchy of divinity through the structures of lyric address and distinguishes the gods and goddesses of his poetic preference from the preeminent deities of Augustan state cult. Specifically, he equivocates masterfully as he approaches Apollo and Jupiter while elevating Mercury, a minor figure in…[Read more]
Johann-Mattis List deposited Towards a history of concept list compilation in historical linguistics. History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences in the group Classical Philology and Linguistics on Humanities Commons 5 months, 1 week ago
Blog post, published with the blog “History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences”. Here shared in form of a paper draft. Please cite as:
List, Johann-Mattis. 2018. Towards a history of concept list compilation in historical linguistics. History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences. http://hiphilangsci.net/2018/10/31/concept-list-compilation/
Johann-Mattis List deposited CLICS2: An improved database of cross-linguistic colexifications assembling lexical data with the help of cross-linguistic data formats in the group Classical Philology and Linguistics on Humanities Commons 5 months, 1 week ago
The Database of Cross-Linguistic Colexifications (CLICS), has established a computer-assisted framework for the interactive representation of cross-linguistic colexification patterns. In its current form, it has proven to be a useful tool for various kinds of investigation into cross-linguistic semantic associations, ranging from studies on…[Read more]
Johann-Mattis List deposited Using ancestral state reconstruction methods for onomasiological reconstruction in multilingual word lists in the group Classical Philology and Linguistics on Humanities Commons 5 months, 1 week ago
Current efforts in computational historical linguistics are predominantly concerned
with phylogenetic inference. Methods for ancestral state reconstruction have only
been applied sporadically. In contrast to phylogenetic algorithms, automatic reconstruction methods presuppose phylogenetic information in order to explain what has
evolved when…[Read more]
With increasing amounts of digitally available data from all over the world, manual annotation of cognates in multi-lingual word lists becomes more and more time-consuming in historical linguistics. Using available software packages to pre-process the data prior to manual analysis can drastically speed-up the process of cognate detection.…[Read more]
Whilst “The Problem with Linear B” (https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:20833/) focused on the physical or visual aspects of Linear objects, this paper mainly examines the secondary assumptions and arguments used to support the thesis that those objects are purely administrative.
A 5-page paper discussing the Linear signage and visual aspects of a Linear B tablet from Thebes, Greece, apparently discovered in the 1990s.
The book demonstrates the invalidity of existing assumptions about the administrative nature of Linear B (“Mycenaean Greek”) and related objects, proposes an alternative revolving around cult art, and explores similar evidence relating to scripts and art from the same and other regions and periods.
In this paper we discuss second position clitics in ancient Greek, which show a remarkable ability to break up syntactic constituents. We argue against attempts to capture such data in terms of a mismatch between c-structure yield and surface string and instead propose to enrich c-structure by using a multiple context free grammar with explicit…[Read more]
Timothy B. Sailors started the topic Colloque international de paléographie grecque – Paris 2018 in the discussion Classical Philology and Linguistics on Humanities Commons 1 year ago
The Comité International de Paléographie Grecque has announced details on the IXe Colloque international de paléographie grecque. It will be held in Paris in September. See the digital image of the poster for further information.
A basic sketch of the historical phonology of the Lycian language from Proto-Indo-European, originally compiled for a “Lycian Self-Help” reading group at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (Easter Term 2015), organised by Dr. Philippa Steele. The sketch is based primarily upon the accounts given in H. Craig Melchert’s Anatolian…[Read more]
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