Journal article

CHIELD: the causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics database

Seán G Roberts, Anton Killin, Angarika Deb, Catherine Sheard, Simon J Greenhill, Kaius Sinnemäki, José Segovia-Martín, Jonas Nölle, Aleksandrs Berdicevskis, Archie Humphreys-Balkwill, Hannah Little, Christopher Opie, Guillaume Jacques, Lindell Bromham, Peeter Tinits, Robert M Ross, Sean Lee, Emily Gasser, Jasmine Calladine, Matthew Spike Show all

Journal of Language Evolution | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2020

Abstract

There are many hypotheses about how it originated, what factors shaped its diversity, and what ongoing processes drive how it changes. We present the Causal Hypotheses in Evolutionary Linguistics Database (CHIELD, https://chield. excd. org/), a tool for expressing, exploring, and evaluating hypotheses. It allows researchers to integrate multiple theories into a coherent narrative, helping to design future research. We present design goals, a formal specification, and...

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