LINGUIST List 22.4576

Tue Nov 15 2011

Calls: Athapascan-Eyak-Tlingit, Na-Dene, Historical Ling/USA

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        1.     Gary Holton , Workshop on Dene-Yeniseian

Message 1: Workshop on Dene-Yeniseian
Date: 14-Nov-2011
From: Gary Holton <>
Subject: Workshop on Dene-Yeniseian
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Full Title: Workshop on Dene-Yeniseian
Date: 24-Mar-2012 - 24-Mar-2012 Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA Contact Person: James Kari
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Athapascan-Eyak-Tlingit; Na-Dene

Call Deadline: 20-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

This informal workshop will contribute to the further evaluation of the proposed Dene-Yeniseian relationship (Kari and Potter 2010), with special attention to issues of comparative Na-Dene verb structure.

Call for Papers:

Since the 2010 publication of the papers in The Dene-Yeniseian Connection (Kari and Potter 2010) the hypothesis of an ancient historical connection between the Yeniseian languages of Central Siberia and Athabascan and Tlingit and Eyak has received renewed attention. This is the first time that a strong case has been made for a language family that spans Asia and North America. For this one-day inter-disciplinary workshop we invite 15 to 30 minute papers from any discipline which will contribute to the evaluation of the proposed Dene-Yeniseian relationship. Discussions of comparative Na-Dene verb structure are particularly welcome.

Questions which might be addressed include:

--What represents a verb's lexical entry in Tlingit, Eyak, and Athabaskan?--What can the external comparison with Yeniseian contribute to our understanding of Na-Dene verb structure?

Other possible topics include:

--Overview of reviews and publicity on Dene-Yeniseian--Computational phylogenetics and Dene-Yeniseian--Aleut time-depth in the context of Dene-Yeniseian--Developments in archaeology pertinent to Dene-Yeniseian--Human biology developments relevant to Dene-Yeniseian--Geographic name comparisons in Yeniseian and Na-Dene--Natural history terms in Dene-Yeniseian--Paleo-environments and Dene-Yeniseian--The social implications of Dene-Yeniseian in Russia, Alaska and North America

Please submit 1-page abstracts for 15 or 30 minute papers in MS-Word or PDF format to James Kari at by January 20, 2012. Our review committee will notify you of acceptance by January 30, 2012. Participation by students is especially encouraged.

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