Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft

Trees and what to do with them:  Phylogenetics and other statistical approaches to linguistic diversity

Held at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, March 23-24, 2018.



Computational historical linguistics is a rapidly developing field that aims to learn about diachronic processes and their synchronic reflections as studied in linguistic typology and dialectology. We invite submissions in any area connected to computational historical linguistics, including, but not restricted to: 

  • computational reconstruction of ancestral linguistic systems
  • modeling linguistic universals and their possible underlying causes
  • correlating computationally obtained linguistic histories with other human cultural histories, with input from anthropology, archaeology and historiography

On a par with papers describing full-fledged studies, we also encourage discussion pieces and exploratory contributions. We believe that in order for our field to move forward, it is important to reflect on the current practices and methodological progress.

Invited Speakers:
  • Annemarie Verkerk
  • Sören Wichmann
  • Johann-Mattis List
  • Giuseppe Longobardi


This event is supported by the ERC Advanced Grant EVOLAEMP "Language Evolution: The Empirical Turn"