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Tue Dec 08 2015

Confs: Computational Linguistics, Historical Linguistics/USA

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Date: 08-Dec-2015
From: Brian Joseph <>
Subject: Martin Luther King Day Linguistics Symposium
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Martin Luther King Day Linguistics Symposium
Short Title: MLK 2016

Date: 15-Jan-2016 - 16-Jan-2016
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Contact: Brian Joseph
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Historical Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The 13th Annual Martin Luther King Day Linguistics Symposium: “Mathematical/Computational Modeling and Tools in and for Historical Linguistics”

OSU's annual linguistics symposium held on or around Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The theme this year is “Mathematical/Computational Modeling and Tools in and for Historical Linguistics”.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Linguistics (via TIE funding), and the Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship in South Slavic Languages and Linguistics, both of The Ohio State University.


All sessions held at:

120 Baker Systems Engineering Bldg
1971 Neil Avenue
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Friday 15 January 2016

Words of Welcome

Session I: Phylogenetic Approaches

3:00 – 3:30
Jason Haugen (Oberlin College), Michael Everdell (University of Texas), and Ben Kuperman (Oberlin College)
“Bayesian Phylogenetic Classification of the Uto-Aztecan Languages Using Lexical Data”

3:30 – 4:00
Christina Skelton (Harvard University) and Jessica DeLisi (UCLA)
“A Phylogenetic Analysis of the Armenian Dialects”


4:15 – 5:15
Featured Speaker: Claire Bowern (Yale University)
“Pama-Nyungan phylogenetics and beyond”


Saturday 16 January 2016

8:30 Coffee/Tea available

Session II: Tools and Applications

9:15 – 9:45
Alexander Erdmann (OSU), Brian D. Joseph (OSU), Christopher Brown (OSU), and Petra Ajaka (OSU)
“Digitizing ancient networks”

9:45 – 10:15
Bethany J. Christiansen (OSU)
“On-line resources for the lexicographic study of Early English: A tutorial”

10:15 – 10:45
Micha Elsner (OSU), Ben Swanson (Google), and Emily Lane (OSU)
“65% Ciceronianus es: Automatic discovery of Latin syntactic changes”

Break 10:45 – 11:00

Session III: Modeling of Sound Change

11:00 – 12:00
Featured Speaker: Morgan Sonderegger (McGill University)
“The medium-term dynamics of accents on reality television: Data and statistical modeling”

Lunch (provided)

Session IV: More Modeling of Sound Change

1:30 – 2:00
Rebecca Morley (OSU)
“Analyzing token distributions in natural speech: Implications for models of sound change”

2:00 – 2:30
Bridget Smith (OSU)
“Effects of phonetically variable input on organization of sound categories: Implications for sound change”

2:30 – 3:00
Andrew Plummer and Mary Beckman (OSU)
“Modeling the evolution of vowel systems in phylogeny, ontogeny, and language speciation”

3:00 – 3:30 Break

Session V: Modeling of Morphological Change

3:30 – 4:00
Jeff Parker and Andrea D. Sims (OSU)
“How inflectional systems are shaped: the role of implicative structure and type frequency”

4:00 – 4:30
Alexander Erdmann (OSU)
“Information as a commodity: Analyzing the market for language change”

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