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.
New Blog Post on Authority Arguments (Post from 21.09.2017 by J.-M. List)
Two days ago, I wrote another blogpost, this time in Arguments from authority, and the Cladistic Ghost, in historical linguistics. This may look like an offensive argument I make there, but my major intention was to draw the attention to the fact that our "classical" comparative method was never classical in any sense, as it is just a label we use to denote what we do to compare languages, and that, in the light of new approaches, we should not be too dismissive, but rather try to work harder on integrated, computer-assisted frameworks, which will hopefully enable us to understand better, how our languages evolved into their current shape.
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
Jäger, G. and J.-M. List (forthcoming): Using Ancestral State Reconstruction Methods for Onomasiological Reconstruction in Multilingual Word Lists. Language Dynamics and Change ?? ??-??.
Papers from 2017
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 2017
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): Sequence comparison with LingPy. A computer-assisted approach. lecture "Quantitative Methods Spring School" (2017/05/08-14, Jena).
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).
2017-09-21: Panel at the German Orientalists' Day (Deutscher Orientalistentag) on "Languages as Keys to Our Past" (together with Simon Greenhill) [URL]
Dr. Johann-Mattis List (Group Leader)[MORE]
Dr. Yunfan Lai (Post-Doc)[MORE]