Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice 2024-07-17T06:25:16+00:00 Johann-Mattis List Open Journal Systems <p>Computer-Assisted Language Comparison in Practice offers tutorials and discussion notes devoted to the topic of computer-assisted approaches to language history and diversity. The tutorials cover a broad range of topics, ranging from introductory notes on programming, via examples for data-sharing and re-use, up to code examples for complex analyses using software like Python and R.</p> Converting an Artificial Proto-Language into Data for Testing Computational Approaches in Historical Linguistics 2024-07-14T12:58:39+00:00 Johann-Mattis List <p>This small study shows how data for an artificially created language that was supposed to reflect features of "proto-languages", predating modern languages by several thousand years, can be used in testing computational approaches in historical linguistics. In order to do so,&nbsp; computational workflow is described that retrieves the data automatically, creating a comparative wordlist compatible in format with software tools for historical linguistics, and then uses a baseline method for automatic cognate detection to compare an artificial language against a sample of Indo-European languages.&nbsp; The results show that artificial languages might help to fill a gap in testing that has so far been ignored in the literature.</p> 2024-07-17T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Copyright remains with the author.