SIG Language Dynamics


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.



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


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.