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LINGUIST List 23.3458

Fri Aug 17 2012

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 17-Aug-2012
From: Manuel Widmer <mwidmerisw.unibe.ch>
Subject: Workshop: Phylometric and Phylogenetic Approaches in the Humanities
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Full Title: Workshop: Phylometric and Phylogenetic Approaches in the Humanities

Date: 24-Nov-2012 - 24-Nov-2012
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Contact Person: Ruprecht von Waldenfels
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.germanistik.unibe.ch/personen/gabriel_viehhauser/bernphylogeny.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

The analysis of large sets of genetic data with phylogenetic algorithms has a long tradition in biology. In the recent past, these methods have also been gaining increasing importance in the humanities, e.g. linguistics (e.g. Warnow and Nichols 2008; McMahon and McMahon 2005), literary studies (e.g. Windram, Shaw, Robinson and Howe 2008) or anthropology (e.g. Tehrani, Collard and Shennan 2010) where they have been used for the visualisation and analysis of different kinds of data such as comparative word lists, manuscript traditions or other types of cultural artefacts. The workshop 'Phylometric and Phylogenetic Approaches in the Humanities' makes a contribution towards evaluating these innovative approaches. We would like to bring together specialists from different disciplines to discuss and exchange ideas about possible applications and limitations of 'phylomemetics' (Howe and Windram 2011).


McMahon and McMahon (2005), Language Classification by Numbers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Nichols and Warnow (2008), Tutorial on Computational Linguistic Phylogeny. Language and Linguistics Compass, 2: 760-820. Windram, Shaw, Robinson, Howe (2008): Dante's Monarchia as a test case for the use of phylogenetic methods in stemmatic analysis. LLC 23(4): 443-463; Tehrani, Collard and Shennan (2010), The cophylogeny of populations and cultures: reconstructing the evolution of Iranian tribal craft traditions using trees and jungles. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 365(1559): 3865-3874. Howe and Windram (2011): Phylomemetics - evolutionary analysis beyond the gene. PLoS Biology 9: 1-5.

Call for Papers:

We invite contributors from all disciplines who have applied phylogenetic methods to humanistic research problems. Since a tutorial about the application of phylogenetic methods in literary studies and linguistics will be taking place prior to the workshop (November 22-23), we would especially welcome papers dealing with issues from other humanistic disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, art history etc.

Please send your abstract (500 characters at maximum) by September 20, 2012 to the following email address:


Feel free to contact us if there should be any remaining questions.


Kathrin Chlench, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Bern
Gabriel Viehhauser, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Bern
Ruprecht von Waldenfels, Institut für slavische Sprachen und Literaturen, Universität Bern
Manuel Widmer, Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Bern
Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS), Universität Bern

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