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Message 1: The Nexus of Biology and Linguistics
Date: 22-Nov-2008
From: Brian Joseph <joseph.1osu.edu>
Subject: The Nexus of Biology and Linguistics
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The Nexus of Biology and Linguistics
Short Title: MLK 2009

Date: 19-Jan-2009 - 19-Jan-2009
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Contact: Brian Joseph
Contact Email: joseph.1osu.edu

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Since 2004, The Ohio State University Department of Linguistics has held a
day-long workshop on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (see
http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~bsmith/mlk/ for details). The 6th Annual MLK Day
Linguistics Symposium will be held on January 19, 2009,discussing the nexus of
Biology and Linguistics. This event is the result of a several-year-long
collaboration between biologists and linguists at OSU exploring methodological
and thematic parallels between our two fields.

It is open to the public; for further information, contact Brian Joseph at
joseph.1osu.edu.

Symposium Program:

MLK 6: The Nexus of Biology and Linguistics
Monday January 19, 2009
The Ohio State University

8:30 on:
Coffee, juice and bagels available

8:50:
Welcome by Brian Joseph and John Wenzel

9:00 - 9:30:
Brian D. Joseph (OSU), ''On Some Recent Applications of Biologically Inspired
Quantitative Methods to Language Change''

9:30 - 10:00:
Mahé Ben-Hamed (CNRS Lyon), John Freudenstein (OSU), Brian D. Joseph (OSU), and
John Wenzel (OSU), ''Using Biological Phylogenetic Methods on Indo-European
Subgrouping''

10:00 - 10:15:
Break

10:15 - 10:45:
Claire Bowern (Yale U), ''Investigating Areal Problems: An Australian Illustration''

10:45 - 11:45:
Keynote Speaker- Russell Gray (U of Auckland), TBA

11:45 - 1:00:
Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 1:30:
Salikoko Mufwene (U of Chicago), ''Humans as the Ecology of Language(s)''

1:30 - 2:00:
Farrell Ackerman (U Cal. San Diego), Rob Malouf (San Diego State), & Andy Wedel
(U Arizona), ''Grammar as a Complex Adaptive System''

2:00 - 2:30:
Richard D. Janda (Indiana U), '''We Have Met the ... [Friend], and He Is Us':
Do Linguistics and Biology See Each Other as Windows or as Mirrors?''

2:30 - 2:45:
Break

2:45 - 3:15:
Angela Brown (OSU Optometry) and Del Lindsey (OSU Psychology), ''Evolution of
Color Naming: Evidence from the World Color Survey''

3:15 - 3:45:
Doug Nelson (OSU Biology), ''Cultural Evolution in White-crowned Sparrow Song''

3:45 - 4:15:
Wrap-up discussion

Funding from the OSU Targeted Investment in Excellence grant to the Department
of Linguistics has made this event possible.
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