- LINFER: inferring implications from the WALS database
- STUF: Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung = Language typology and universals
- Volume | Issue number
- 61 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
In linguistic typology, implications typically emerge as a result of in-depth study of a few related linguistic parameters. Another way to find implications is to infer them from a typological database with a large number of variables. In this contribution, I discuss the LINFER computer program that was developed precisely for this goal. I have applied the program to the database on which the World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS) is based, arguably one of the largest typological databases available. In this paper, I will report on some first findings. Further, I will show that around one in every 2000 value pairs from the WALS leads to an acceptable and potentially interesting implication. A simulation shows that this is 4 times as many as a purely random dataset of the same size would produce.
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