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LINGUIST List 23.3963

Tue Sep 25 2012

Calls: Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Switzerland

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

Date: 25-Sep-2012
From: Ruprecht von Waldenfels <bernphylogenygmail.com>
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: 16-Oct-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).

The workshop is directly preceded by a tutorial announced separately. For more information, please visit:


Invited Speakers:

Teemu Roos (Computer Science, University of Helsinki)
Michael Cysouw (Linguistic typology, Philipps-Universit├Ąt Marburg)
Jamie Tehrani (Anthropology, University of Durham)
Balthasar Bickel (Linguistics, University of Zurich)


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.

2nd Call for Papers:

The use of phylogenetic methods in biology has a long tradition, but has only recently become more mainstream in humanitarian disciplines. We invite contributors from all disciplines who have applied phylogenetic methods to humanistic research problems to present their work in this workshop. We are especially interested in methodological issues that have relevance across the disciplines; this may also include case studies focusing on the applicability of these methods to specific data types and research questions.

Please send your abstract (up to 500 characters) by October 16, 2012 (extended deadline) to bernphylogenygmail.com. Feel free to contact us in case of any further questions.

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