SIG Language Dynamics

Description

The themes for this SIG include historical and typological linguistics, including relation to population genetics; area formation and contact; universal and local constraints on language change and typological distributions; linguistic diversity, etc.

We will meet approximately once a month and on call to discuss work in progress, problems, relevant papers and methods, etc.

The meetings can also be used as a place for dry-runs for conference presentations. 

Themes for 2019-2020

Here are the suggested themes that we came up with during the first meeting: 

  • Syntactic reconstruction/ historical syntax

  • Methodologies and Concepts on the interface between biology and linguistics

  • Cultural Evolution vs Biological Evolution

If you have suggestions for presentations/subjects, please contact Natalia Chousou-Polydouri.

 

Meetings

Date Room Topic
22 November 2019 14:00-15:00 PLK 204 Introduction and brainstorming
20 December 2019 10:00-11:00 PLK 204 Drift in populations genetics and linguistics

31 January 2020

10:00-12:00

PLK 204

Bayesian approaches to stochastic differential equations designed to model random drift and selection in evolution

21 February 2020 14:00-16:00 PLK 204 Approaches to Historical Syntax. How to assess cognacy.