Computing the Origins of a Language Family

Computer scientists have taken data and methods from historical linguists and, using a program based on the Markov chain Monte Carlo sampler, have calculated what the origins of the Austronesian language family looked like. [Leslie Katz reports for CNet](http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57569039-1/language-time-machine-a-rosetta-stone-for-lost-tongues/).

A Linguistic Family Tree

A Linguistic Family Tree