Call for abstracts: Language diversity and prehistory (A workshop adjacent to ALT)
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Wed Apr 10 13:14:29 UTC 2013
THIS IS A CALL FOR ABSTRACT, APOLOGIES FOR MULTIPLE POSTINGS:
Language diversity and prehistory (A workshop adjacent to ALT)
Date: August 19, 2013
Venue: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Organizers: Søren Wichmann and Willem Adelaar
Chiara Barbieri (MPI-EVA)
Mark Donohue (ANU)
Alex Geurds (Leiden University)
Johanna Nichols (UC-Berkeley)
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss how the use of linguistic
data may shed light on prehistory and to continue a still relatively new
dialogue with genetics and archaeology. A central concern is to avoid
fitting findings from one discipline to that of another and then
concluding, circularly, that a given scenario is supported by two
different disciplines. Instead, we need to evaluate evidence "from
inside" each discipline, and when we try to compare results we should
not only look out for matching results but also expect and try to
understand discrepancies. The invited speakers not only include
interdisciplinarily oriented linguists (Donohue, Nichols), but also an
archaeologist (Geurds) and a geneticist (Barbieri).
The workshop is organized under the auspices of the ERC project "The
linguistic past of Mesoamerica and the Andes: A search for early
migratory relations between North and South America"
(http://mesandlingk.eu/), and some of the invited talks will address the
prehistory of the Americas. Nevertheless, papers do not have to focus on
this particular geographical area.
We welcome submissions of abstracts (around 1/2 page, single-spaced, 12
pt) on the general topic of the workshop.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 1, 2013; notification of
acceptance: May 15, 2013.
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