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Trees of History in Systematics, Historical Linguistics, and Stemmatics: A Working Interdisciplinary Bibliography

Version of March 1993

This bibliography was compiled by Robert J. O’Hara (rjohara@post.harvard.edu) for the Darwin-L discussion group; the master copy of it is maintained in the Files section of the Darwin-L Archives (rjohara.net/darwin). Suggestions for additions, deletions, and corrections are welcome. My own field is systematics, so that is the area in which this list is most reliable. This is a working bibliography: my object here is not to be exhaustive, but rather to provide a set of citations that will help advanced students in any one of these fields get a good sense of what has gone on and is going on in the other fields, with special reference to theory. Studies of particular biological taxa, language families, or manuscript traditions that do not have a theoretical or historical emphasis are generally excluded. Asterisks indicate works that may be particularly useful to beginners.

This bibliography may be freely distributed in print or electronically as long as the references and this header remain intact. Additional bibliographies on the history of systematics, on narrative in the historical sciences, and on the works of Stephen Toulmin are also available in the Darwin-L Archives.

1. Interdisciplinary Works
2. General and Theoretical Works - Systematics
3. General and Theoretical Works - Historical Linguistics
4. General and Theoretical Works - Stemmatics
5. Historical Works - Systematics
6. Historical Works - Historical Linguistics
7. Historical Works - Stemmatics
8. Trees of History Elsewhere
9. Miscellaneous Works on Evolution in Relation to Other Fields

Note · February 2004: A small number of additions and corrections have been made to this bibliography since it was initially compiled in 1993, but no attempt has been made to comprehensively revise it since that time. The term tree thinking, which is now in widespread use, was introduced in my “Homage to Clio” paper (1988) and was further developed in my papers on “Telling the tree” (1992), “Evolutionary history and the species problem” (1994), and “Population thinking and tree thinking in systematics” (1997). Searching rjohara.net for the phrase “tree thinking” will return many more pages of additional commentary.

1. Interdisciplinary Works

2. General and Theoretical Works: Systematics

3. General and Theoretical Works: Historical Linguistics

4. General and Theoretical Works: Stemmatics

5. Historical Works: Systematics

Note: See the separate bibliography on the history of systematics for additional references on this subject.

6. Historical Works: Historical Linguistics

7. Historical Works: Stemmatics

8. Trees of History Elsewhere

9. Miscellaneous Works on Evolution in Relation to Other Fields


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