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Full Title: Phylogenetic Methods in Historical Linguistics

Location: Tuebingen, Germany
Start Date: 27-Mar-2017 - 31-Mar-2017
Contact: Johannes Wahle
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Meeting Description: A recent field of research combines several disciplines involving biology, bioinformatics and linguistics.

Research suggests that there are striking parallels between phylogenetics and historical linguistics.

The field of phylogenetics investigates the evolution of creatures and attempts to determine kinship relations at all levels of biological systematics. In historical linguistics, the evolution of language and the kinship relations within language families are of central importance. A parallel could be drawn in the hereditary process: The change of specific features may lead to new species over time and language, which is transmitted from generation to generation, also undergoes a development involving changes and the emergence of new languages. By using bio-informatic methods, it is possible to construct phylogenetic trees which present kinship relations in biology as well as in linguistics.

Given the success of the conference ''Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics '' in Leiden in October 2015 a follow up event will be held in Tübingen on March 27-31, 2017. It will be hosted by the Institute of Linguistics of Tübingen University. The first two days of the conference will be directed especially towards PhD students. We invite submissions of original, unpublished work in any area and at the intersection of Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Bioinformatics, Biology and Mathematics. Submissions will be reviewed by several experts in the field, and accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters. We aim to publish accepted papers open-access on the University of Tuebingen Library Publication System.

PhD Student Submissions:

We will provide funded accommodation for three nights for up to 12 PhD students presenting their work at the workshop.


This event is supported by the Institutional Strategy of the University of Tuebingen (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, ZUK 63)
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 28.43

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