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LINGUIST List 18.846

Tue Mar 20 2007

Confs: Genetic Classification,Historical Ling/USA

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        1.    Philip Baldi, Alternative Approaches to Language Classification

Message 1: Alternative Approaches to Language Classification
Date: 18-Mar-2007
From: Philip Baldi <phbpsu.edu>
Subject: Alternative Approaches to Language Classification

Alternative Approaches to Language Classification

Date: 17-Jul-2007 - 19-Jul-2007
Location: Stanford, California, USA
Contact: Phil Baldi
Contact Email: phbpsu.edu
Meeting URL: http://aalc07.psu.edu/enter.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics

Meeting Description:

This workshop takes place over three days, with each day composed of three
invited presentations by specialists in genetics, archaeology/geography, and
mathematics as these topics relate and contribute to our understanding of the
classification of the languages of the world.

During the past two decades the face of language classification has changed
dramatically, and the NSF sponsored workshop on Alternative Approaches to
Language Classification aims to respond to these changes. New developments in
this area are due mainly to ongoing advances in classification methodology, and
their implications for a deeper understanding not only of language history, but
of human history as well. Three distinct, but interlocking currents can be
identified in contemporary research streams. The first, based on genetic
mapping, attempts to identify the relationship between genetic distance between
populations and linguistic affiliation. The second, based on archaeology,
studies the relationship between demographic movements of peoples and their
implications for the architecture of language trees. Finally, mathematical and
computational models employ quantitative methods for the analysis of linguistic
relatedness and provide strategies for assessing affiliation and time depth. In
this workshop a total of nine specialists, three in each research area, will
address these developments over three days of public presentations and debate.
Topics include such issues as the geographical and temporal origins of language,
the connection between languages and human genetic markers, the deeper
relationships among the world's languages, the relationship between population
movements and the branching of family trees, and the establishment of temporal
zones for the separation of related languages.
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