[1]This is how the reconstruction of lost constituents is done by the Reconstruction Engine. The increase in computation is quite substantial.

2I believe that Kay means here that it might be possible to implement the method as he has described it directly given the computational power available at the time.

[3]Kay himself has spelled daß in two different ways in this article; his orthography is retained here.

[4]NP-hardness as it applies to this particular problem in reconstruction is given in Appendix 5.

[5]'If the etymon is not identical to the Classical Latin (CL) form the latter is also listed.'

6'Single letters shifts' have a special significance to programmers. For example, bit-shift instructions are commonly used in assembly language programs; 'right-shifting' the letters used to designate the evil HAL 9000 series computer in the cult classic 2001: a space odyssey spell the initials of a rather well known computer company.

[7]The telegraphic code is a four-digit number assigned to each Chinese character to make it possible to send Chinese over telegraph lines.

[8]The description of the program given here is taken from an electronic manuscript provided to me by Dr. Veatch. No pagination is given.

[9]These are the names of two of the programs in the suite. I have tried to avoid mentioning the names of the programs as these details do not add to the description.

[10]Without going into too much detail, the difference in results is due to the fact that if tonal and segmental representations are conflated (e.g., by using accented vowels), the frequency distributions of the symbols will be different than for the tone number transcription; this in turn will give a different measure of relatedness.

11The term dialect may be misleading: these are apparently different languages.

[12]I should reiterate that Kay's project is really one of the earliest attempts to look inside forms and do real comparison, and that my criticism is intended to be quite mild: the average desktop computer today is perhaps two orders of magnitude more powerful that the machines Kay had to work with.