Comments on methodology and evidence in Sino-Tibetan comparative linguistics
LaPolla, Randy J.
Date of Issue2012
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
This paper presents epistemological and methodological problems found in work on the subgrouping of Sino-Tibetan languages and the reconstruction of features of the languages. A key problem is the lack of an accepted standard for judging this work, one that can stand up to statistical evaluation. An alternative methodology that involves using fixed sets of features to give us the statistical probability of common origin is suggested.
Language and linguistics
© 2012 The Author(s). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Language and Linguistics, the Author(s). It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://www.ling.sinica.edu.tw/v7-1-3.asp.htm].