Trees and what to do with them: Phylogenetics and other statistical approaches to linguistic diversity

Held at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, March 23-24, 2018.


Deadline for submissions: December 31st, 2017



Computational historical linguistics is a rapidly developing field that aims to learn about diachronic processes and their synchronic reflections as studied in linguistic typology and dialectology. We invite submissions in any area connected to computational historical linguistics, including, but not restricted to: 

  • computational reconstruction of ancestral linguistic systems
  • modeling linguistic universals and their possible underlying causes
  • correlating computationally obtained linguistic histories with other human cultural histories, with input from anthropology, archaeology and historiography

On a par with papers describing full-fledged studies, we also encourage discussion pieces and exploratory contributions. We believe that in order for our field to move forward, it is important to reflect on the current practices and methodological progress.


  • Johann-Mattis List
  • Giuseppe Longobardi
  • Annemarie Verkerk
  • Sören Wichmann



We invite submission of abstracts for 30-minute presentations. The desired length for abstracts is 2 pages of text (plus any amount of pages for references or data tables). Submissions must be anonymous, without any identifying information.


Please direct inquiries about submission procedures or other matters relating to the conference to Opens window for sending emailIgor Yanovich


This event is supported by the ERC Advanced Grant EVOLAEMP "Language Evolution: The Empirical Turn"