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LINGUIST List 21.706

Wed Feb 10 2010

Calls: Genetic Classification, Historical Ling/Germany

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        1.    Søren Wichmann, The First Conference on ASJP and Language Prehistory

Message 1: The First Conference on ASJP and Language Prehistory
Date: 10-Feb-2010
From: Søren Wichmann <wichmanneva.mpg.de>
Subject: The First Conference on ASJP and Language Prehistory
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Full Title: The First Conference on ASJP and Language Prehistory
Short Title: ALP-I

Date: 17-Sep-2010 - 19-Sep-2010
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Søren Wichmann
Meeting Email: wichmanneva.mpg.de
Web Site: http://email.eva.mpg.de/~wichmann/conferences.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Genetic Classification;
Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2010

Meeting Description:

ALP-I is organized by Søren Wichmann (MPI-EVA & Leiden University) and Cecil H.
Brown (Northern Illinois University)

Confirmed invited speakers (as of early February 2010):
- David Beck (University of Alberta): Salishan
- Jane Hill (The University of Arizona): Uto-Aztecan
- Robert Mailhammer (Katholische Universität Eichstätt Ingolstadt): TBA
- Tapani Salminen (University of Helsinki): Uralic
- Frank Seifart (MPI-EVA, Leipzig): Boran/Witotoan
- Paul Sidwell (The Australian National University): Austroasiatic

Call for Papers

The purpose of this conference is to engage historical linguists in interpreting
automated lexicostatistical classifications of individual language families and
evaluating them against classifications produced through the application of the
comparative method of historical linguistics. The automated classifications in
question are those produced by the Automated Similarity Judgment Project (ASJP:

The anticipated outcome for this project is a series of published volumes
including papers on as many individual language families as possible, discussing
how ASJP classifications contribute to reconstructing the pre-histories of those
families. Before their hardcopy publication, early versions of the papers will
be published online. This will be facilitated in part through a series of annual
conferences at MPI-EVA, Leipzig, where ALP-I is the first. The conferences will
address both theoretical perspectives on different aspects of automated
lexicostatistics, including phylogenetic methods and methods of assessing their
performance, as well as empirical questions regarding the evaluation of ASJP
classifications of individual genealogical language groups.

Scholars contributing to ALP will be presented with all available ASJP data
pertinent to a given group of languages as well as a corresponding automated

A few working papers have already been prepared which can be used as models for
ALP participants. These are papers by Cecil H. Brown on Mayan, Mark Donohue on
Skou, and Matthias Urban on Pomoan and Iroquoian, which can be accessed here:

More complete information is provided on the conference website.

Please send a title and a short abstract to Søren Wichmann (wichmanneva.mpg.de)
or Cecil Brown (brown.cecilyahoo.com).
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