Causality in the language sciences

Program

All lectures will be held in the Lecture hall (2nd floor),
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 6).

Monday, April 13, 2015
08:45 - 09:00Welcome address
09:00 - 11:00Mini-school
Nihat Ay(Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Germany)
Concepts and formal tools for causality studies
11:00 - 11:30Coffee & tea in the entrance hall of the institute
11:30 - 12:30Dan Dediu(Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands)
Across levels and timescales: causally linking genes, language processing and cultural evolution
12:30 - 14:30Lunch break at the institute's canteen in the entrance hall
14:30 - 15:30Anne Kandler(City University London, United Kingdom)
Inferring cultural transmission processes from frequency data
15:30 - 16:30Gerhard Jaeger(Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany) (joint work with Katarina Harvati and Hugo Reyes-Centeno)
Words and bones. Combining linguistic and phenotypic data to probe deep history
16:30 - 17:00Coffee & tea in the entrance hall of the institute
17:00 - 17:30Fermin Moscoso del Prado(University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Granger causality, information theory, and language change: assessing the causal relations for change across the tiers of Icelandic grammar
17:30 - 18:00Christine Cuskley(Institute for Scientific Interchange, Italy)
Frequency and stability in linguistic rule dynamics
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
09:00 - 10:00Morten H. Christiansen(Cornell University, USA)
The now-or-never bottleneck: a fundamental constraint on language
10:00 - 10:30Coffee & tea in the entrance hall of the institute
10:30 - 11:30T. Florian Jaeger(University of Rochester, USA)
Pressures for processing and communicative efficiency bias language development: evidence from big(ish) data and direct causal manipulation
11:30 - 13:30Lunch break at the institute's canteen in the entrance hall
13:30 - 14:00Jasmeen Kanwal(University of California, San Diego, USA)
The Principle of Least Effort and diachronic lexical change
14:00 - 14:30Eduardo Altmann(Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany)
Quantifying the strength of factors leading to lexical change
14:30 - 15:30Tanmoy Bhattacharya(Santa Fe Institute, USA)
Language change and layered systems
15:30 - 16:00Coffee & tea in the entrance hall of the institute
16:00 - 17:00Terry Regier(University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Word meanings across languages support efficient communication
17:00 - 18:30Poster session in the entrance hall of the institute
List of the posters with abstracts
19:30Dinner (à la carte and on individual payment) in Gasthaus Barthels Hof
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
09:00 - 10:00Richard Sproat(Google, Inc., USA)
The statistics of non-linguistic symbol systems.
10:00 - 10:30Coffee & tea in the entrance hall of the institute
10:30 - 11:00Aleksandrs Berdicevskis(UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)
Social structure and linguistic complexity: experimental modelling
11:00 - 11:30Christian Bentz(University of Cambridge, England)
Causality in historical language change: The co-evolution of population structure and lexical diversity
11:30 - 13:30Lunch break at the institute's canteen in the entrance hall
13:30 - 14:00Annemarie Verkerk(University of Reading, United Kingdom)
Correlational causality with phylogeny
14:00 - 14:30Harald Hammarström(Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands)
Simple correlated evolution of typological features
14:30 - 15:00Jeremy Collins(Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Controlling for language contact when inferring causality in linguistics
15:00 - 15:30Christophe Coupé(Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, France)
Testing the acoustic adaptation hypothesis with GIS and spatial regression models
15:30 - 16:00Coffee & tea in the entrance hall of the institute
16:00 - 17:00Michael Dunn(Uppsala University, Sweden)
Overestimating correlation between typological features
17:00 - 18:00Balthasar Bickel(University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Moving beyond Pāṇini: causal theories in linguistics
18:00 - 18:30Closing ceremony

Date and Location

April 13 - 15, 2015
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig
Germany
see travel instructions

Organizing Committee

  • Damián Blasi, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences and MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Jürgen Jost, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig
  • Peter Stadler, Leipzig University, Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioinformatics, Leipzig
  • Russell Gray, MPI for Human History, Jena
  • Bernard Comrie, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Stephen C. Levinson, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
  • Nihat Ay, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig
  • Sean Roberts, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
  • Leonardo Lancia, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

External Scientific Committee

  • Ewa Dabrowska, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Nick Enfield, University of Sydney, Sydney
  • Simon Greenhill, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Martin Haspelmath, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Steve Piantadosi, University of Rochester, Rochester
  • Maria Polinsky, Harvard University, Cambridge
  • Søren Wichmann, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Administrative Contact

Antje Vandenberg
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Contact by Email

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