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LINGUIST List 24.4238

Sat Oct 26 2013

Calls: Genetic Classification, Typology, Historical Ling, Computational Ling/Poland

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Oct-2013
From: Annemarie Verkerk <a.verkerkreading.ac.uk>
Subject: Language Diversity and History
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Full Title: Language Diversity and History

Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Location: Poznań, Poland
Contact Person: Annemarie Verkerk
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 25-Nov-2013

Meeting Description:

Language Diversity and History: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives

During the last fifty years a number of quantitative methods have been developed to compare and classify the world’s languages. Recently, historical linguists have borrowed more sophisticated techniques from evolutionary biologists. These methods have allowed them to produce phylogenetic trees and thus to examine historical relationships amongst a large range of language families:

- Alor-Pantar: Robinson and Holton (2012)
- Arawakan: Walker and Ribeiro (2011)
- Aslian: Dunn et al. (2011)
- Austonesian: Blanchard et al. (2009), Bouchard-Côté et al. (2012), Gray et al. (2007), Greenhill et al. (2010), Greenhill and Gray (2005, 2009), Saunders (2005)
- Australian: McMahon and McMahon (2005)
- Aymaran: McMahon et al. (2005)
- Bantu: Currie et al. (2013), Grollemund (2012), Holden (2002), Holden et al. (2005), Holden and Gray (2006), Rexová et al. (2006)
- Chinese: Hamed and Wang (2006)
- Creoles: Daval-Markussen and Bakker (2011)
- Dravidian: Kolachina et al. (2011)
- Indo-European: Atkinson and Gray (2006), Blanchard et al. (2009), Boc et al. (2010), Dunn et al. (2005, 2007), Forster and Toth (2003), Gray and Atkinson (2003), Nakhleh et al. (2005a, 2005b), Nelson-Sathi et al. (2011), Petroni and Serva (2009), Rexová et al. (2003), Ringe et al. (2002), Ryder and Nicholls (2010)
- Japonic: Lee and Hasegawa (2011)
- Mixe-Zoque: Cysouw et al. (2006)
- Pama-Nyungan: Bowern and Atkinson (2012)
- Quechuan: McMahon et al. (2005)
- Papuan: Dunn et al. (2005, 2007)
- Semitic: Kitchen et al. (2009), Ryder and Nicholls (2011)
- Tupi: Walker et al. 2012
- World: Brown et al. 2008

However, these methods also have the potential to go beyond the ‘simple’ proposal of language phylogenies. Indeed, in recent years, research has focused on connections between the diversification of languages and other, related fields of inquiry:

- Population expansion: Bouckaert et al. (2012), Currie et al. (2013), Gray et al. (2009), Gray and Jordan (2000), Lee and Hasegawa (2011, 2013), Serva (2012)
- The inference of homelands: Gray and Atkinson (2003), Kitchen et al. (2009), Wichmann et al. 2010
- Genetics: Balnovsky et al. (2011), de Filippo et al. (2011, 2012), Pakendorf et al. (2011), Tambets (2004), Verdu et al. (2013)
- Archeology: Bellwood (2007), Bostoen et al. (forthcoming)
- Demography and social structure: Bowern et al. (2011), Walker and Hamilton (2010)
- Climatology: Honkola et al. (2013)

Call for Papers:

This workshop is intended to bring together scholars who use hypothesis-driven, quantitative methods to illuminate long-standing questions in historical linguistics. We explicitly invite those who link their results to a range of meta-linguistic sources of historical information, including geographical, genetic, archeological, social, and climatological studies. In addition, studies that aim to use language phylogenies to model diachronic processes acting in other domains, such as the evolution of typological features (Dunn et al. 2011, Verkerk & Frostad 2013), will also be welcomed. Submissions taking critical perspectives on computational phylogenetic approaches will also be welcomed.

Potential contributors are invited to send us short (150-300 words) abstracts before November 25, 2013. Contributions from a interdisciplinary perspective that link language phylogeny estimation with evidence from a range of different fields, including geographical, social, genetic, archeological, and climatological studies are particularly welcomed. We hope that this workshop will attract a diverse range of participants reflecting these different perspectives. We intend to produce a special journal issue from a selection of papers presented at the workshop, and have begun making arrangements for such a publication.

Please send your abstracts or questions to:


Workshop Organizers:

Annemarie Verkerk
Simon Branford
Rebecca Grollemund

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