WELCOME TO MODELGLOSS
The project Modelling Glossogeny (ModelGloss) attempts to reconstruct the
historical evolution of languages using methods inspired by evolutionary biology for
the reconstruction of the evolution of species. With the use of computational
models it aims to unravel the interaction between genealogical (‘genetic’) and areal
properties in language change. It focuses on morphosyntactic data.
The project involves collaboration between linguistics and biology. We investigate
phylogenetic methods that are adequate for the representation of the dynamics of
language change and the data that are more suitable for its reconstruction.