Rasmus Kristian Rask was born 230 years ago. The Danish linguist and philologist is especially known for his contributions to comparative historical linguistics. Methodology has changed and evolved since his extensive research on language history and language families, but the core of his studies and theories is still considered valid today.
Now, there are modern technological inventions that can help linguistic experts map language family trees, reconstruct protolanguages and deal with “Big Data”. We prepared a list to show why software tools are essential in historical linguistics research.