Plenary Speakers

Anita Auer

Anita Auer

  • Institution: University of Lausanne

Anita Auer is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and has published widely in the fields of language variation and change, language standardisation and corpus linguistics and she has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research, notably the correlation between language variation and change, socio-economic history and textual history. Anita is co-editor of the Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics (De Gruyter). In recent years, she has co-edited a number of books and special issues as for instance the volume Letter Writing and Language Change (Cambridge University Press, 2015) with Daniel Schreier (Zurich) and Richard J. Watts (Prof. Em., Berne), the volume Linguistics and Literary History. In Honour of Sylvia Adamson (John Benjamins, 2016) with Victorina González-Díaz, Jane Hodson and Violeta Sotirova, the volume Exploring Future Paths for Historical Sociolinguistics (John Benjamins, 2017) with Tanja Säily (Helsinki), Arja Nurmi (Tampere), Minna Palander-Collin (Helsinki), as well as a special issue of the International Journal of Bilingualism on ‘Heritage-Language Speakers: Theoretical and Empirical Challenges on Sociolinguistic Attitudes and Prestige’ (2018) with Jonathan Kasstan (Queen Mary, London) and Joe Salmons (Wisconsin, Madison)

Mattis List

Johann-Mattis List is senior scientist at the Department of Linguistics and Cultural Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History where he pursues an interdisciplinary research project on Computer-Assisted Language Comparison (CALC), funded by the European Research Council (April 2017 – March 2022). In this project, he develops methods and interfaces that bridge the gap between computational and classical approaches to historical linguistics in order to shed light on the history of the Sino-Tibetan language family. In his research, he generally follows a data-driven, empirical, and quantitative perspective on language change and language history. In contrast to pure computational approaches, however, he tries to keep his research closely connected to traditional historical linguistics and theory, following a computer-assisted rather than a computer-based framework of quantitative research in historical linguistics.

Felicity Meakins

Felicity Meakins

Felicity Meakins specialises in the documentation of Australian languages in the Victoria River District in northern Australia and the effect of English on Indigenous languages. She has worked as a community linguist and academic, facilitating language revitalisation programs, consulting on Native Title claims and conducting research into Indigenous languages. This work has provided the basis for Case-Marking in Contact (Benjamins, 2011), Bilinarra, Gurindji and Malngin Plants and Animals (NT-LRM, 2012), Gurindji to English Dictionary (Batchelor Press, 2013), Bilinarra to English Dictionary (Batchelor Press, 2013), A Grammar of Bilinarra (with Rachel Nordlinger, Mouton, 2014), Kawarla: How to Make a Coolamon (Batchelor Press, 2015), Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages Since Colonisation (edited with Carmel O'Shannessy, Mouton, 2016) and Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country (edited with Erika Charola, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2016).

Recent Publications

  1. Songs from the Stations: Wajarra as sung by Ronnie Wavehill Wirrpa, Dandy Danbayarri, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal

    Bibliography

    Myfanwy Turpin, and Felicity Meakins. 2018. Songs from the Stations: Wajarra as sung by Ronnie Wavehill Wirrpa, Dandy Danbayarri, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal. Sydney : Sydney University Press.

  2. Jingulu and Mudburra plants and animals: Biocultural knowledge of the Jingili and Mudburra people of Murranji, Marlinja, Warranganku (Beetaloo) and Kulumindini (Elliott), Northern Territory, Australia

    Bibliography

    P Raymond, P Dixon, S Dixon, R Dixon, J Dixon, E Dixon, M Raymond, H Dalywaters, J Collins, R Woods, E Peterson-Cooper, Felicity Meakins, R Pensalfini, and G Wightman. 2018. Jingulu and Mudburra plants and animals: Biocultural knowledge of the Jingili and Mudburra people of Murranji, Marlinja, Warranganku (Beetaloo) and Kulumindini (Elliott), Northern Territory, Australia. Batchelor : Batchelor Press.

  3. Understanding linguistic fieldwork

    Bibliography

    Felicity Meakins, Jennifer Green, and Myfany Turpin. 2018. Understanding linguistic fieldwork. Oxford : Routledge.

  4. The development of phonological stratification: Evidence from stop voicing perception in Gurindji Kriol and Roper Kriol

    Bibliography

    Jesse Stewart, Felicity Meakins, Cassandra Algy, and Angelina Joshua. 2018. "The development of phonological stratification: Evidence from stop voicing perception in Gurindji Kriol and Roper Kriol." Journal of Language Contact. 11 (1): 71-112. doi: doi:10.1163/19552629-01101003.

  5. Dis, That and Da Other: Variation in Aboriginal Children’s Article and Demonstrative Use at School

    Bibliography

    Fraser, Henry, Mushin, Ilana, Meakins, Felicity, and Gardner, Rod. 2018. "Dis, That and Da Other: Variation in Aboriginal Children’s Article and Demonstrative Use at School". In Language Practices of Indigenous Children and Youth: The Transition from Home to School, 237-269. Palgrave Macmillan.

Nigel Vincent

Nigel Vincent

Nigel Vincent is Professor Emeritus of General & Romance Linguistics at The University of Manchester. His research interests lie in the history of Latin and the Romance languages, in particular Italian and the dialects of Italy, and in the analysis and formal modelling of the mechanisms of morphosyntactic change within the framework of Lexical-Functional Grammar. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Academia Europaea and a former President of ISHL and of the Philological Society. He has held an Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury (NZ) and visiting posts at the Universities of Copenhagen, Pavia and Rome III.

Mary Walworth is the Senior Linguist on the Vanuatu Languages and Lifeways project within the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Mary’s research focuses on the evolution and interaction of Oceanic languages, specifically in Polynesia and Vanuatu. Through language documentation and comparison of many understudied languages in these areas, I work to uncover not only historical linguistic relationships but also historical relationships between the speakers of these languages (contact networks, spheres of exchange and interaction, and population movement).

Recent Publications

  1. Sequence Comparison in Computational Historical Linguistics: Phonetic Alignments and Cognate Detection with LingPy 2.6.

    Bibliography

    J List, R Forkel, Simon Greenhill, T Tresoldi, and Mary Walworth. 2018. "Sequence Comparison in Computational Historical Linguistics: Phonetic Alignments and Cognate Detection with LingPy 2.6.." Journal of Language Evolution.

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