Title: Phylogenetic Methods and the Prehistory of ...
Publisher: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Book Condition: New
Which phylogenetic methods are suited to retracing the evolution of languages? Which types of language data are informative about deep prehistory? Addressing these questions, this book demonstrates how phylogenetic tools illuminate intractable questions about language prehistory. It is useful for linguists, geneticists, and archaeologists. Editor(s): Forster, P.; Renfrew, Lord Colin. Series: McDonald Institute Monographs. Num Pages: 220 pages, 50 b/w illus. BIC Classification: CFF; HDDA; PSAJ. Category: (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 286 x 222 x 18. Weight in Grams: 1034. . 2006. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781902937335
Synopsis: Evolutionary ('phylogenetic') trees were first used to infer lost histories nearly two centuries ago by manuscript scholars reconstructing original texts. Today, computer methods are enabling phylogenetic trees to transform genetics, historical linguistics and even the archaeological study of artefact shapes and styles. But which phylogenetic methods are best suited to retracing the evolution of languages? And which types of language data are most informative about deep prehistory? In this book, leading specialists engage with these key questions. Essential reading for linguists, geneticists and archaeologists, these studies demonstrate how phylogenetic tools are illuminating previously intractable questions about language prehistory. This innovative volume arose from a conference of linguists, geneticists and archaeologists held at Cambridge in 2004.
About the Author: Colin Renfrew (Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, born 25th July 1937) was formerly Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in the University of Cambridge, and Master of Jesus College Cambridge from 1986 to 1997. He has excavated at a number of sites in prehistoric Greece and in the Orkney Islands, and is the author of many publications, including Prehistory: the making of the human mind. He is Fellow of the British Academy, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and was the recipient of the Balzan Prize in 2004.
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