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date: 27 March 2017

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This chapter surveys methods of analysing phonological change that rely on computers because they require lengthy operations, mathematical precision, and reproducibility. Applications include techniques for discovering and verifying sound correspondences, modelling the course of sound change, computing the most likely genetic tree consistent with a set of innovations, testing the significance of the phonetic evidence for genetic relationship between languages, and exploring the relationships between dialects via quantification of phonetic and phonological differences.

Keywords: computational phonology, quantitative phonology, dialectometry, cladistics, statistical significance, genetic relatedness, modelling

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