Dear Fellow Linguists,
In the vein of our theme about trees and planting new roots here at LINGUIST List, we all have been thinking about what our favorite linguistic trees are. I had a hard time narrowing this down. My first reaction was to say “MultiTree!”, my favorite LL grant project, as well as my favorite tool for historical linguistics before I even started working at LINGUIST List. But that is more than one tree, but rather a forest of linguistic analyses about genetic classification. I worked as an editor and researcher on MultiTree for a year and a half and I inputted a lot of trees into our database, mostly for Austronesian and Papua New Guinea language families.
I loved many of the trees that I uploaded, but one that stood out to me in particular was this classification of Kwomtari by Baron 1983:
Kwomtari is a small language family that includes only 6 daughter languages, spoken in Papua New Guinea. This was the first tree that I researched and uploaded as a MultiTree editor. I later went on to enter several different classifications for the Kwomtari family, since scholars disagree on how to classify these languages. But this tree is in particular is nostalgic for me. It reminds me how much I love working on MultiTree, researching new resources and new classifications, investigating language codes, and learning about languages from far-flung places around the globe, languages I wouldn’t have even known existed if I hadn’t researched them for MultiTree, and by proxy, the LINGUIST List.
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