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Linguistic reconstruction with LingPy

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# LingRex: Linguistic Reconstruction with LingPy

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LingRex offers the code needed for the automatic inference of sound correspondence patterns as described in the following paper:

> List, J.-M. (2019): Automatic inference of sound correspondence patterns across multiple languages. Computational Linguistics 45.1. 137-161. [DOI: 10.1162/coli_a_00344](

To test this workflow, please check the workflow code example in tests/workflows/list-2019.

LingRex offers also the code needed for a baseline algorithm for automatic word prediction or automatic phonological reconstruction in a supervised fashion.

> List, J.-M. and R. Forkel and N. W. Hill (forthcoming): A New Framework for Fast Automated Phonological Reconstruction Using Trimmed Alignments and Sound Correspondence Patterns. Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change (LChange 2022). Dublin. Ireland.

This algorithm is also used as a baseline for an upcoming Shared Task on the Prediction of Cognate Reflexes (, organized as part of the SIGTYP Workshop at NAACL 2022.

When using this package in your research, please make sure to quote the respective papers, depending on the algorithms you use, and quote the software package as follows:

> List, J.-M. and R. Forkel (2022): LingRex: Linguistic Reconstruction with LingPy. [Computer software, Version 1.2.0]. Geneva: Zenodo. [DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1544943](

Since this software package itself makes use of LingPy’s alignment algorithms, you should also quote the LingPy package itself.

> List, J.-M. and R. Forkel (2021): LingPy. A Python library for quantitative tasks in historical linguistics. Version 2.6.9. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology: Leipzig.

## Installation

Install the package via pip:

`shell pip install lingrex `

## Further Examples

The borrowing detection algorithm implemented in LingRex is introduced in the paper:

> List, J.-M. and R. Forkel (2021): Automated identification of borrowings in multilingual wordlists [version 1; peer review: 3 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. Open Research Europe 1.79. 1-11. [DOI: 10.12688/openreseurope.13843.1](

If you use this algorithm, please cite LingRex and this paper.

In addition to the paper in which the correspondence pattern inference algorithm was first introduced, LingRex also offers the code to compute the workflow described in the following paper:

> Wu, M.-S., N. Schweikhard, T. Bodt, N. Hill, and J.-M. List (2020): Computer-Assisted Language Comparison. State of the Art. Journal of Open Humanities Data 6.2. 1-14. [DOI: 10.5334/johd.12](

To test this workflow, please check the workflow code example in tests/workflows/wu-2020.

If you use this workflow in your work, please quote this paper as well.

In addition, our experiment (with T. Bodt) on predicting words with the help of sound correspondence patterns also made use of the LingRex package.

> Bodt, T. and J.-M. List (2021): Reflex prediction. A case study of Western Kho-Bwa. Diachronica 0.0. 1-38. [DOI: 10.1075/dia.20009.bod](

To test this workflow, please check the workflow code example in tests/workflows/bodt-2019.

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