Welcome to the CALC Project
The ERC-funded research project CALC (Computer-Assisted Language Comparison, see here for the official research proposal) establishes a computer-assisted framework for historical linguistics. We pursue an interdisciplinary approach that adapts methods from computer science and bioinformatics for the use in historical linguistics. While purely computational approaches are common today, the project focuses on the communication between classical and computational linguists, developing interfaces that allow historical linguists to produce their data in machine readable formats while at the same time presenting the results of computational analyses in a transparent and human-readable way.
Article in FAZ Discussing Computational Historical Linguistics (Post from 16.03.2018 by J.-M. List)
On March 14, an article appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, discussing the usefulness and appropriateness of computational approaches in historical linguistics, titled "Bäume der Erkenntnis", by Wolfgang Krischke. The article also presents our department and mentions our attempts to work on a reconciliation of computational and classical historical linguistics. Unfortunately, I cannot share it at the moment, since it did not appear online, but if it does, we will announce it here.
Resources Developed in CALC
Apart from analyses presented in form of papers and talks, CALC will produce various kinds of resources which help colleagues to pursue computer-assisted research themselves. Please don't hesitate to contact us whenever you have questions regarding the resources which you will find on this side. In most cases, you will find more detailed information when following the links to the respective project pages.
Publications on and with CALC
Jacques, G. and J.-M. List (forthcoming): Save the trees: Why we need tree models in linguistic reconstruction (and when we should apply them). Journal of Historical Linguistics 8.? ??-??.
Rama, T., J.-M. List, J. Wahle, and G. Jäger (forthcoming): Are automatic methods for cognate detection good enough for phylogenetic reconstruction in historical linguistics?. In: Proceedings of the North American Chapter of the Association of Computational Linguistics.
Jäger, G. and J.-M. List (forthcoming): Using ancestral state reconstruction methods for onomasiological reconstruction in multilingual word lists. Language Dynamics and Change 8.? ??-??.
Papers from 2018
List, J.-M. (2018): Ho well do automatic methods for language comparison work?. Latest Thinking 4.3. LTPUB10576.
List, J.-M., M. Cysouw, S. Greenhill, and R. Forkel (2018): Concepticon. A Resource for the linking of concept list. Version 1.1. Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History: Jena.
List, J.-M. (2018): More on Network Approaches in Historical Chinese Phonology (音韵学). In: LFK Society Young Scholars Symposium.
Papers from 2017
List, J.-M., S. Greenhill, and R. Forkel (2017): LingPy. A Python library for quantitative tasks in historical linguistics. Software Package. Version 2.6. Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History: Jena.
Hill, N. and J.-M. List (2017): Challenges of annotation and analysis in computer-assisted language comparison: A case study on Burmish languages. Yearbook of the Poznań Linguistic Meeting 3.1. 47–76.
List, J.-M. (2017): A web-based interactive tool for creating, inspecting, editing, and publishing etymological datasets. In: Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. System Demonstrations. 9-12.
Papers from 2016
List, J.-M. (2016): Computer-Assisted Language Comparison: Reconciling Computational and Classical Approaches in Historical Linguistics . Research Proposal. Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History: Jena.
Presentations on CALC
Talks from 2018
List, J.-M. (2018): Analogies, transfer, and adaptation. Interdisciplinary research on evolutionary dynamics in linguistics and biology. Talk, held at the "Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology" (2018/03/14, Würzburg, Julius-Maximilians-Universität).
Lai, Y. and J.-M. List (2018): Investigating verb derivation patterns in Sino-Tibetan languages within a computer-assisted framework. Talk, held at the "Perspectives on low-resource language varieties" (2018/02/09, Saarbrücken).
List, J.-M. (2018): Sprachen als Schlüssel zur Vergangenheit [Languages as keys to our past]. Talk, held at the "Salon Sophie Charlotte" (2018/01/20, Berlin).
Talks from 2017
Lai, Y. (2017): Semi-direct speech in Wobzi Khroskyabs. Paper, presented at the conference "12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology" (2017/12/12-14, Canberra, Association of Linguistic Typology).
List, J.-M. (2017): Computer-assisted approaches in the humanities: Reconciling computational and classical research. Paper, presented at the workshop "Research questions in the humanities as challenges to computer science" (2017/12/06-07, Berlin, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science).
Hill, N. and J.-M. List (2017): Data management in the reconstruction of Proto-Burmish. Paper, presented at the workshop "Data Management in Asian Humanities and Social Sciences" (2017/11/13/2017/11/14, London, School of African and Oriental Sciences).
List, J.-M. (2017): Using networks to infer sound correspondence patterns across multiple languages. Talk, held at the "Symposium on Networks and Evolution" (2017/10/24, Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie).
List, J.-M. (2017): Computer-Assisted Language Comparison. Talk, held at the "Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Tianjin" (2017/10/21, Tianjin, College of Chinese Language and Culture).
Lai, Y. and J.-M. List (2017): The Sino-Tibetan language family. What we know, what we can know, and what we know we cannot know. Paper, presented at the workshop "Languages as Keys to Our Past, organized as part of the DOT 2017" (2017/09/21, Jena).
List, J.-M. (2017): Languages as keys to our past. How classical and computational approaches to language comparison help us to shed light on the past of our languages. Paper, presented at the workshop "Languages as Keys to Our Past, organized as part of the DOT 2017" (2017/09/21, Jena).
List, J.-M. (2017): Establishing a cross-linguistic database of phonetic notation systems. Paper, presented at the workshop "Phonological Represenation in the Quantitative Era of Comparative Linguistics, organized as part of PLM 2017" (2017/09/18, Poznan).
List, J.-M. (2017): Storing our knowledge of linguistic diversity: Towards the standardization of cross-linguistic data formats. Paper, presented at the conference "Human Document Project 2017" (2017/08/02-04, Freiburg, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies).
List, J.-M. and N. Hill (2017): Computer-assisted approaches to linguistic reconstruction. A case study from the Burmish languages. Paper, presented at the workshop "Regularity of Sound Change" (2017/07/20-21, Cologne, Universität zu Köln).
List, J.-M. (2017): Annotation and Analysis of Cross-Linguistic Lexical Data in Historical Linguistics. Toward the Establishment of Standards and Best Practices. Paper, presented at the workshop "Linguistic Annotation and Philology Workshop" (2017/07/06-07, Leipzig, University Leipzig).
List, J.-M. (2017): CLICS 2.0. Towards an Improved Handling of Cross-Linguistic Colexification Patterns. Talk, held at the "Le Diasema Lecture Series" (2017/07/03, Liège, Department of Classical and Oriental Studies).
List, J.-M. (2017): Network approaches to Old Chinese reconstruction. Paper, presented at the conference "30th Paris Meeting on East Asian Languages" (2017/06/29-07/06, Paris, Centres des recherches linguistiques sur l’Asie Orientale).
List, J.-M. (2017): Perception and production of poetry. An evolutionary perspective on the poetic function of language. Paper, presented at the workshop "Mini-Workshop on Poetry" (2017/04/20, Jena).
List, J.-M. (2017): Sino-Tibetan lexicostatistic database. An interactive system for transparent etymological analysis. Paper, presented at the workshop "Mini-Workshop on Sino-Tibetan Languages" (2017/04/10, Zürich, University of Zürich).
List, J.-M. (2017): Computer-assisted language comparison. Reconciling classical and computational approaches to historical linguistics. Talk, held at the "Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies" (2017/03/21, Moscow, Russian State University for the Humanities).
List, J.-M. (2017): Historical language comparison with LingPy and EDICTOR. Tutorial presented at the Mini-Bayesian School for Transeurasian Linguists (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, 2017/11/06-09).
List, J.-M. (2017): Sequence comparison with LingPy. Tutorial presented at the Quantitative Methods Spring School (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, 2017/05/08-14).
2018-03-23/24: Johann-Mattis List will give an invited talk at the conference Trees and what to do with them: Phylogenetics and other statistical approaches to linguistic diversity, held at the University of Tübingen. [URL].
2018-04-26/27: Workshop "Old Chinese and Friends: Advances in the Reconstruction of Old Chinese Phonology" to be organized by CALC at the DLCE (MPI-SHH, Jena). [URL]
2018-06-27/28: Johann-Mattis List will give an invited talk at the Workshop Semantic maps: Where do we stand and where are we going?, held at Liège Université (Liège). [URL]
2018-03-14: Johann-Mattis List will give a talk at the Kolloquium of the Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg) on the topic Analogies, Transfer, and Adaptation: Interdisciplinary Research on Evolutionary Dynamics in Linguistics and Biology. [URL]
2018-02-09: Yunfan Lai and Johann-Mattis List gave a talk at the workshop "Perspectives on low-resource language varieties". [URL].
2018-01-20: Johann-Mattis List gave a talk at the Salon Sophie Charlotte 2018 organized by the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Berlin). [URL]
2017-12-14: Yunfan Lai gave a talk on "Semi-direct speech in Wobzi Khroskyabs" at the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) at the Arc Center for the Dynamics of Language (Canberra, Australia).
2017-11-13/14: Nathan W. Hill and Johann-Mattis List gave a talk on "Data management in the reconstruction of proto Burmish" as part of the workshop on Data Management in Asian Humanities and Social Sciences organized by SOAS (London). [URL]
2017-10-24: Johann-Mattis List gave an invited talk on "Using networks to infer sound-correspondence patterns across multiple languages" at a Symposium on Network Approaches in Evolutionary Sciences at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris).
2017-10-21: Johann-Mattis List gave an invited talk on "Computer-assisted language comparison" at the Annual Meeting of Nankai Linguistic Society (Tianjin).
2017-09-21: Panel at the German Orientalists' Day (Deutscher Orientalistentag) in Jena on "Languages as Keys to Our Past" (together with Simon Greenhill). [URL]
Dr. Johann-Mattis List (Group Leader)[MORE]
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