Inferring Language History and Prehistory

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Inferring Language History and Pre-History

A Santa Fe Institute Working Group

Thursday July 12 and Friday July 13, 2007

Thursday July 12: Focus on Linguistic Data and Databases

2:00 - 2:15 PM Welcome and Logistical Details (Chris Wood and Wayne Cote, SFI)

2:15 - 3:15 PM Documenting Endangered Languages (Joan Maling, NSF)

3:15 - 3:30 PM Break

3:30 - 4:30 PM Overview of the EHL Database and Etymological Dictionaries (George Starostin, RSU)

4:30 - 6:00 PM Discussion

7:00 PM Dinner at Santacafe

Friday July 13: Focus on Inferring Language History and Prehistory

8:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 AM Language as a Complex System: Implications for Inferring Distant Relationships (David Lightfoot, NSF)

10:00 - 11:00 AM Applying the Comparative Method to Distant Relationships (George Starostin, RSU)

11:00 - 11:15 AM Break

11:15 - 12:15 PM Constraints on Inferring Linguistic Prehistory (Lyle Campbell, Utah)

12:15 - 1:15 PM Working Lunch: Title TBA (Bonny Sands, NAU)

1:15 - 2:15 PM Origin and Evolution of Language and Languages (Merritt Ruhlen, Stanford)

2:15 - 3:15 PM "Bottlenecks" in Linguistic Prehistory (Murray Gell-Mann, SFI)

3:15 - 3:30 PM Break

3:30 - 5:30 PM Discussion

7:00 PM Dinner at Pink Adobe


Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Santa Fe Institute,

Lyle Campbell, University of Utah,

Doug Ewrin, Smithsonian Institution and Santa Fe Institute,

Murray Gell-Mann, Santa Fe Institute,

David Lightfoot, National Science Foundation,

Joan Maling, National Science Foundation,

Ilia Peiros,

Merritt Ruhlen, Stanford University,

Bonny Sands, Northern Arizona University,

George Starostin, Russian State University,

Eric Smith, Santa Fe Institute,

Geoffrey B. West, Santa Fe Institute,

C. C. Wood, Santa Fe Institute,