In most cases, MultiTree is a secondary source. That is, we strive to represent what a
scholar says accurately, but in transcription and
modifying information presentation styles, loss of contextual information is inevitable.
Thus, it is important to note that
any information on this site has been interpreted by MultiTree's team.
An exception to this is a composite tree based on many sources in an attempt to
reconcile the most widely-accepted theories about language
relationships. For this type of tree, MultiTree is a primary source and may be cited
without including a specific scholar's name.
If the tree is not a composite, the majority of the work that went into generating the
content presented by our site was done by scholars, and it
is important to give them credit. For convenience, publication information is included in
the sidebar of every tree. It is often recommended to
include the secondary source in the citation page, and the original source in the text.
For instance, in MLA format, such a citation might be:
Smith argues in Title (2013) that Language A is only distantly related to Language B (as
presented in MultiTree),
"TreeName: Smith 2013". MultiTree: A digital library of language relationships.
Institute for Language Information and Technology: Ypsilanti, MI. 2013. Web. Accessed
. Published July 27, 2013