LINGUIST List 32.3689

Tue Nov 23 2021

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Linguistic Theories/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 19-Nov-2021
From: Erich Round <>
Subject: Ancient Languages and Algorithms: Demystifying new methods in historical linguistics
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Full Title: Ancient Languages and Algorithms: Demystifying new methods in historical linguistics

Date: 02-Aug-2022 - 02-Aug-2022
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Erich Round
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2021

Meeting Description:

Workshop at the International Conference on Historical Linguistics 2022

Call for Papers:

The aim of this workshop is to reveal the concepts that lie behind new methods in historical linguistics, and thereby to expand their accessibility to all historical linguists.

Historical linguistics is witnessing a flurry of innovation that promises significant new advances. However, today’s novel methods are often highly specialized and can lie beyond the expertise of most historical linguists. This creates a vital opportunity for clear communication about new methods that is sympathetic and well-attuned to a wide, historical-linguistic audience. By increasing familiarity, not necessarily with all details, but with the underlying logic and rationale of new methods, we can increase the success with which new methods are integrated into the discipline and with which disciplinary knowledge is integrated into the methods.

Accordingly, we call for papers that present the rationale, assumptions, limitations and affordances of one or more new methods, couched in terms that engage clearly with well-established concerns of the discipline.

Presentations may advocate for a method or remain neutral, but must be critical and strive to increase the breadth of the historical linguistic audience which is equipped to engage with the methodology. Papers may examine case studies in order to convey ideas more effectively (though this is not a venue for announcing new results) and we welcome authors of previously published, technical works to take this opportunity to explain the hows, and especially the whys, of their study to a broader audience.

Submission can be made through the ICHL submission system on easychair: Please indicate clearly in your abstract that you wish to be considered for this workshop. Abstracts should define their topic; briefly illustrate the clear explanation of some aspect of the method, its applications and/or utility; and summarize how the method will be situated in relation to more well-established assumptions, methods, knowledge and research questions in historical linguistics.

Topics may include, but need not be limited to, methods concerned with:
- Population variation and change (e.g. Blythe & Croft 2012; Meakins et al. 2019)
- Typological feature evolution (Aston et al. 2012; Carling & Cathcart 2021; Macklin-Cordes et al. 2021)
- Diachronic typology (Dunn et al. 2011; Moran et al. 2021)
- Inference of family trees (Bouckaert et al. 2012; Kelly & Nicholls 2017; Chang et al. 2015)
- Inference of language contact (Cathcart et al. 2018; Verkerk 2019; Ranacher et al. 2021)
- General principles for sound inference (Roberts 2018; Roberts et al. 2020)
- Computational detection of cognates and correspondence sets (Bouchard-Côté et al. 2013; List et al. 2018)
- Evolutionary consequences of linguistic interactions (Ahern & Clark 2017; Carr et al. 2020)
- Studies of language change and evolution in the lab (Kirby et al. 2008; Culbertson et al. 2019)
- Interactions between language and the environment, culture, demography and genes (Everett et al. 2015; Blasi et al. 2019; Pacheco Coelho et al. 2019).

The deadline for submission is 15 December 2021.
Acceptance of papers will be announced by the end of January 2022.

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