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Full Title: Language Diversity and History

Location: Poznań, Poland
Start Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Contact: Annemarie Verkerk
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Language Diversity and History: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives

During the last fifty years a number of quantitative methods have been developed to compare and classify the world’s languages. Recently, historical linguists have borrowed more sophisticated techniques from evolutionary biologists. These methods have allowed them to produce phylogenetic trees and thus to examine historical relationships amongst a large range of language families:

- Alor-Pantar: Robinson and Holton (2012)
- Arawakan: Walker and Ribeiro (2011)
- Aslian: Dunn et al. (2011)
- Austonesian: Blanchard et al. (2009), Bouchard-Côté et al. (2012), Gray et al. (2007), Greenhill et al. (2010), Greenhill and Gray (2005, 2009), Saunders (2005)
- Australian: McMahon and McMahon (2005)
- Aymaran: McMahon et al. (2005)
- Bantu: Currie et al. (2013), Grollemund (2012), Holden (2002), Holden et al. (2005), Holden and Gray (2006), Rexová et al. (2006)
- Chinese: Hamed and Wang (2006)
- Creoles: Daval-Markussen and Bakker (2011)
- Dravidian: Kolachina et al. (2011)
- Indo-European: Atkinson and Gray (2006), Blanchard et al. (2009), Boc et al. (2010), Dunn et al. (2005, 2007), Forster and Toth (2003), Gray and Atkinson (2003), Nakhleh et al. (2005a, 2005b), Nelson-Sathi et al. (2011), Petroni and Serva (2009), Rexová et al. (2003), Ringe et al. (2002), Ryder and Nicholls (2010)
- Japonic: Lee and Hasegawa (2011)
- Mixe-Zoque: Cysouw et al. (2006)
- Pama-Nyungan: Bowern and Atkinson (2012)
- Quechuan: McMahon et al. (2005)
- Papuan: Dunn et al. (2005, 2007)
- Semitic: Kitchen et al. (2009), Ryder and Nicholls (2011)
- Tupi: Walker et al. 2012
- World: Brown et al. 2008

However, these methods also have the potential to go beyond the ‘simple’ proposal of language phylogenies. Indeed, in recent years, research has focused on connections between the diversification of languages and other, related fields of inquiry:

- Population expansion: Bouckaert et al. (2012), Currie et al. (2013), Gray et al. (2009), Gray and Jordan (2000), Lee and Hasegawa (2011, 2013), Serva (2012)
- The inference of homelands: Gray and Atkinson (2003), Kitchen et al. (2009), Wichmann et al. 2010
- Genetics: Balnovsky et al. (2011), de Filippo et al. (2011, 2012), Pakendorf et al. (2011), Tambets (2004), Verdu et al. (2013)
- Archeology: Bellwood (2007), Bostoen et al. (forthcoming)
- Demography and social structure: Bowern et al. (2011), Walker and Hamilton (2010)
- Climatology: Honkola et al. (2013)
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics; Typology
LL Issue: 24.4238

This is a session of the following meeting:
47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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