Workshop 'Phylogenetic Linguistics and Linguistic Theory'

Thursday 15 November 2018, 9.30AM

Workshop organised by the York Centre for Linguistic History and Diversity, Department of Language and Linguistic Science

Programme

Thursday 15 November

9:30-10:00 Dunstan Brown/Giuseppe Longobardi (University of York)
Welcome/Introduction
10:00-11:00  Gerhard Jäger (Universität Tübingen)
On the proper use of phylogenetic information in typology 
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:30  Paul Heggarty (Max Planck Institut, Jena)
The challenge of tailoring cognate data-sets for phylogenetic analysis: illustrating
the new IE-CoR database
12:30-14:00  Lunch
14:00-15:00  Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge)
Three issues in the development of complementizers and finite subordination in
Indo-European
15:00-16:00 LANGELIN project team (University of York)
Syntactic theory and human diversity
16:00-16:30  Coffee break 
16:30-17:30  Chris Bentz (Universität Zürich)
Language family trees reflect the natural environment
19:00 Dinner
Friday 16 November
10:00-11:00 Robin Clark (University of Pennsylvania)
Drift or selection? A neutral theory of language change
11:00-12:00 Russell Gray (Max Planck Institut, Jena)
The origin of Indo-European – solved?
12:00-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:30 Matilde Marcolli (Cal Tech)
The geometry of syntax
14:30-15:30

LANGELIN project team (University of York)
The mathematics of parametric comparison

15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:00 Antonio Benítez Burraco (Universidad de Sevilla)
Human self-domestication and prehistoric languages
17:00 General discussion

 

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building