News, news, news

A lot has happened in November so far.

First, an article has appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, featuring our research on signed languages published earlier this year. The article, titled "Die Stille Revolution" can now be accessed online here.

Second, a paper by John Miller, Tiago Tresoldi, Roberto Zariquiey, César Beltrán, Natalia Morozova, and myself has now been accepted by PLOS One. In this article we test the suitability of several machine learning techniques to infer lexical borrowings in a supervised approach by considering only monolingual information. This article has been available in the form of a preprint already, but it will soon also be available officially.

Third, a new study by Timotheus A. Bodt and myself was accepted for publication in Diachronica. In this study, we test how well one can predict words across languages that have not been elicited during fieldwork, relying on information about potential cognates of the missing words. Our experiment, which turned out to be quite successful, showed that our automated methods provide some good help, although they cannot do all of the work alone. More importantly, however, we realized how useful it can be to carry out active prediction attempts. This study, which went on for more than three years now, is also the first known to me, where predictions about words were preregistered in the form of an experiment. Our accepted authors' version before type setting can now be accessed from Humanities Commons.