Conference talks and invited talks
(for Leipzig seminar talks, see “Seminar“)
September 25: Harvard Linguistics Circle Colloquium: Martin Haspelmath: Ambiguity avoidance vs. expectation sensitivity in ditransitive differential argument marking
SLE Online Conference: Susanne Maria Michaelis: Interrogative constructions in creoles and sign languages
UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference Online: Jingting Ye: The conceptual space of property words: a semantic map approach
June 12: Abralin ao Vivo talk by Martin Haspelmath: How evolutionary adaptation explains language structures (available on Youtube)
May 28: Nijmegen Grammar and Cognition Group Zoom talk by Martin Haspelmath: Asymmetric grammatical coding in various domains of grammar: Efficiency vs. form-meaning correspondence
March 3-5: DGfS Annual Conference Hamburg: Workshop organized by Martin Haspelmath: Empirical consequences of universal claims in grammatical theorizing
Talk by Martin Haspelmath: Testable universals, the natural-kinds programme, and presupposed universals in grammatical theorizing (there is also a corresponding blogpost)
Talk by Jingting Ye: Differential coding in property words: A typological study
Talk by Natalia Levshina: Corpora and language universals: Opportunities and challenges
Talk by Ilja A. Seržant: Typology meets efficiency research: Evolution of bound person-number indexes
February 28th: Language and Society: Symposium to Honour Peter Harder, talk by Martin Haspelmath: Grammaticalization and the efficiency theory of asymmetric coding
January 2-5: LSA Annual Meeting New Orleans, talk by Martin Haspelmath: Some universals of reflexive construction markers and a possible efficiency-based explanation
January 2-5: SSILA Annual Meeting New Orleans, talk by Martin Haspelmath: The polycategoriality parameter: Noun-verb similarities in Wakashan, Salishan, Eskimoan and Mayan
January 10: University at Buffalo, Workshop on the occasion of the retirement of Matthew Dryer and Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.; talk by Martin Haspelmath: Languages are more than grammars
January 24: Humboldt University, Berlin: Susanne Maria Michaelis: French-based creoles in a typological perspective
November 23-24: Universität Bremen, NWLK. Susanne Maria Michaelis: Functional adaptedness in creole languages
October 3-5: The many facets of Agreement, Zürich (Schweiz), talk by Ilja A. Seržant: Generalized partitives in the A/S slot
October 7-8: Workshop on cross-linguistic semantics of reciprocals, Utrecht (Niederlande): Talk by Martin Haspelmath: ‘Reflexive and reciprocal constructions: Comparisons and explanations without true analysis‘
October 16-18: Moscow Conference Typology of Morphosyntactic Parameters: Invited talk by Martin Haspelmath: Ergativity and depth of analysis (published text) (related blogpost)
October 28: University of Seychelles talk: Susanne Maria Michaelis: African traces in Seychelles Creole
September 4-6: Association for Linguistic Typology 2019, Pavia (Italy):
Martin Haspelmath: “Anti marking” in the world’s languages and its functional-adaptive explanation
Susanne Maria Michaelis: Differential place marking in creole languages
Ilja A. Seržant: Evolutionary typology of bound verbal person-number indexes
Natalia Levshina: Towards a corpus-based semantic typology: A new perspective on ‘loose fit’ and ‘tight fit’ languages
Katarzyna Janic: The crosslinguistic investigation of grammatical coding asymmetry in the benefactive domain
September 9-12: Lake Como Summerschool (“Language Universals and Language Diversity in an Evolutionary Perspective”) Martin Haspelmath’s lectures: Some universals of grammar with particular reference to coding asymmetries
September 25-28: BICLE 2019, Bamberg. Natalia Levshina: English grammatical alternations and communicative efficiency:An information-theoretic approach based on Generalized Additive Models
August 10: International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Nishinomiya (Japan), Natalia Levshina: Causatives of the world, unite! How efficiency can explain cross-linguistic generalizations
August 19-21: Symposium on Representations, Usage and Social Embedding in Language Change, Manchester, Ilja A. Seržant: Evolutionary typology of bound verbal person-number indexes
August 21-24: Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Leipzig University (co-hosted by members of the project)
SLE Workshop (Leipzig) organized by Katarzyna Janic & Nicoletta Puddu: A comprehensive perspective on reflexive constructions.
SLE talk by Martin Haspelmath: Comparative concepts for reflexive constructions as a basis for testable universal claims
SLE talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis: Differential place marking in creole languages
SLE talk by Natalia Levshina: Word order variability: a quantitative usage-based approach
SLE talk by Katarzyna Janic & Ilja A. Seržant: Towards a typology of antipassive markers in ergative languages
August 26: SyntaxFest 2019 Paris. Natalia Levshina: Universal Dependencies in a galaxy far, far away… What makes Yoda’s English truly alien
July 1-5: International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Canberra (Australia): Talk by Katarzyna Janic & Charlotte Hemmings: A distributional markedness approach to alignment change
July 5: talk by Martin Haspelmath: Weltweite Sprachenvielfalt: Beobachten, vergleichen und verstehen. (SAW, Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 1, 10:30h)
July 12-13: Symposium on sociolinguistic variation in signed and spoken languages of the Asia-Pacific region, University of Central Lancaster, Preston (UK): Plenary talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis: Variation across Asian and Pacific creoles
June 17-19: The 19th Annual Conference of the Association of Portuguese and Spanish-Lexified Creoles & the Summer Conference of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, University of Lisbon: Talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis: Differential place marking in creole languages
June 13: Lecture in the habilitation procedure of Natalia Levshina: Quite diverse: Gradadverbien in Variatäten des Englischen. (Beethovenstr 15, H4 4.15 – 14:00h)
May 29-31: DISROM 6, University of Bergamo: Plenary talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis: Focus constructions in pidgin and creole languages
March 6-8: DGfS Annual Conference, University of Bremen: Talk by Martin Haspelmath & Susanne Maria Michaelis: Differential place-name marking: An explanation in terms of predictability and coding efficiency
March 1-2: Workshop “Whither reanalysis?” at Humboldt University Berlin: Talk by Martin Haspelmath: What is easier to understand, mechanisms or results of linguistic changes?
February 13-14: Conference on Explanation and Prediction in Linguistics, University of Heidelberg: Plenary talk by Martin Haspelmath: Forget “formalism/functionalism”: How to resolve the tension between naturalist and culturalist explanations in linguistics AND: Talk by Katarzyna Janic (at the same conference): A functional explanation of the contrast in coding self- benefactive and other-benefactive events
February 2: De Grote Taaldag, Utrecht: Plenary talk by Martin Haspelmath: Towards an IPA for morphosyntax
January 3-6: SPCL Winter Meeting, New York City: Talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis: Asymmetry in tense-aspect coding: creole data support a universal trend
October 22-24: Typology of Morphosyntactic Parameters, Moscow: Talk by Ilja Seržant: Evolution of bound person indexes: the dynamic-typology approach
September 3-5: Syntax of the World’s Languages, Paris:
Talk by Martin Haspelmath: How passives and dative alternations are related to split (or differential) object marking
Talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis: Avertive constructions in Seychelles Creole and beyond
Talk by Karsten Schmidtke-Bode: Syntactic determinants of the development of articles: A cross- linguistic investigation
Talk by Jingting Ye: Post-nominal classifier as definite article in Southwest Mandarin Chinese
August 29 – September 1st: SLE Conference Tallinn:
Talk by Martin Haspelmath & Susanne Maria Michaelis: Differential coding in grammar: Split and partitioned coding as special cases
Talk by Katarzyna Janic: Markedness reversal as a diachronic process of alignment change in Inuktitut
Talk by Natalia Levshina & Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (University of Kiel): Explaining scale effects in differential argument case marking: Evidence from dialogue corpora
Talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis: Asymmetry in tense-aspect coding: Creole data support a universal trend
Talk by Ilja Seržant: Evolution of bound person indexes: the dynamic-typology approach
July 16-18: Talk talk by Natalia Levshina at the 10th International Conference on Construction Grammar, Paris: Collostructional predictability and communicative efficiency: A new perspective on English near-synonymous constructions
July 13: Workshop “Historical and comparative linguistics in Jena” (MPI-SHH Jena)
Talk by Martin Haspelmath: Cross-linguistic evidence for functional-adaptive constraints and change: The case of coding asymmetries
Talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis: Support from creole languages for functional adaptation in grammar
Talk by Karsten Schmidtke-Bode: Signal management in clause combinations: Towards a typological systematization
June 27-28 June : Invited talk by Natalia Levshina at the workshop “Semantic maps: Where do we stand and where are we going?“, Liège (Belgium) : Semantic maps of causative constructions: Data types and methods in contrast”
Mai 3: lecture by Natalia Levshina at the University at Jena
Mai 11: lecture by Natalia Levshina at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human History
Apr 02-15: lecture and conference talks by Ilja A. Seržant at the University of Latvia, Riga: A corpus and usage-based approach to Ancient Greek: from the Archaic period until the Koiné
Apr 11-14 talk by Martin Haspelmath at Stockholm University: Toward a new conceptual framework for comparing gender systems and some so-called classifier systems; (plus dissertation defense: Pernilla Hallonsten Halling)
Mar 5-11: lecture by Natalia Levshina at the Course for postdoctoral and advanced Master students at Tallinn University: Statistics for linguists with R
March 7-9: DGfS Annual Conference Stuttgart: Ilja A. Seržant, workshop organizer (Workshop on Possessive relations)
March 8: Martin Haspelmath, workshop talk (Workshop Referential and relational approaches to syntactic asymmetries): Universals of argument marking in scenario splits and universals of reflexive marking in a functional-adaptive theory of syntax
Feb 15-16: Invited talk by Martin Haspelmath, at the University of Oslo, NoSLiP (3rd Norwegian Graduate Student Conference in Linguistics and Philology)
Feb 22-23: Keynote talk by Natalia Levshina at the workshop “Parallel text analysis in diachronic research”, University of Marburg: Grammaticalization and parallel corpora: how to make semantic change visible
Jan 10: Invited talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis, at the Freie Universität Berlin, Forschungskolloquium der romanistischen Sprachwissenschaft: Typology of creole languages.
Jan 8-12: talk by Natalia Levshina at the Practical course for postdoctoral and advanced Master students at the LOT Winter School, Free University of Amsterdam: Statistical Models of Language Variation with R
Jan 17-19: talk by Natalia Levshina at the workshop “Typology of zero-marking”, University of Bremen: Stay (at) home and komm (am) Montag: an information-theoretic account of language variation
Jan 17-19: talk by Martin Haspelmath at the workshop “Typology of zero-marking”, University of Bremen: Nullkodierung in der Sprachbeschreibung und in der Sprachtypologie
Jan 17-19: talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis at the workshop “Typology of zero-marking”, University of Bremen: Nullkodierung in Tempus – Aspekt – Systemen von Kreolsprache
Jan 17-19: talk by Karsten Schmidtke-Bode at the workshop “Typology of zero-marking”, University of Bremen: Signalreduktion und Nullkodierung in der Satzverbindung
Jan 17-19: talk by Ilja A. Seržant at the workshop “Typology of zero-marking”, University of Bremen: Coding asymmetries in verbal bound person – number indexes
Jan 17-19: talk by Darja Dermaku-Appelganz at the workshop “Typology of zero-marking”, University of Bremen: Zero coding in Flagbase
Dec 4-7: Conference talk by Martin Haspelmath, Australian Linguistic Society conference, Sydney: On the scope of the grammatical form-frequency correspondence hypothesis
Dec 12-15: Association for Linguistic Typology conference, Canberra, Workshop on typological databases coorganized by Martin Haspelmath; conference poster “Explaining form-frequency correspondences in grammar: Mutational constraints vs. functional-adaptive constraints”
Nov 16: Conference talk by Ilja A. Seržant, at INaLCO (Paris): The diachronic typology of differential object marking. Workshop “Diachrony of Differential Object Marking”, November 16-17, 2017. URL: http://home.uni-leipzig.de/serzant/CfP_DOM.Diachrony_Paris.2017_final.pdf
Nov 28: guest lecture given by Natalia Levshina at the University of Jena: What can corpora tell us about linguistic universals?
Oct 11: talk given by Ilja A. Seržant at the XLANS conference on “Triggers of Language Change”, October 11-13, 2017, Lyon: Evolution of bound person indexes: the dynamic-typology approach
Oct 16: talk given by Natalia Levshina at the the ConCorT conference, organized by the Higher School of Economics, Moscow: What can corpora tell us about linguistic universals?
Sep 2-6: Summer school lectures by Martin Haspelmath on grammatical universals, at Moscow (Voronovo) summer school “Typology and Lexicon“.
Sep 8: Plenary talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis, at the Summer School of the SLE, University of Neuchâtel: Principled hybridization in creole languages.
Sept 9: conference talk given by Ilja A. Seržant at the International Conference on Greek Linguistics (ICGL 13), 7-9 September 2017, University of Westminster: Tracing the development of prepositional phrases.
Sep 8-9: Summer school lectures by Karsten Schmidtke-Bode at the SLE Summer School (University of Neuchâtel): Usage-based linguistics and language typology.
Sept 10: Conference talk by Ilja A. Seržant, at University of Zürich: Differential object markers and datives. 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. 10–13 September 2017.
Sep 10: Conference talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis, at University of Zürich: Asymmetry in path coding: Creole data support a universal trend . 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. 10–13 September 2017.
Sept 13: talk given by Natalia Levshina at the 50th SLE meeting, University of Zurich: T/V forms in European languages: A quantitative study based on a parallel corpus of film subtitles.
Sep 18-22: Conference talk by Ilja A. Seržant, at University of Jena: The development of verbal person indexes in Indo-European languages als Vortrag in der Sektion Indogermanistik auf dem 33. Deutschen Orientalistentag (DOT) 2017.
Sept 30.09.: talk given by Natalia Levshina at the 7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, Universidade de Vigo: Why go Bayesian? A corpus linguist’s perspective.
Jul 12: Workshop talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis, at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena: Explaining the features of creole languages: Language shift and the division of labor between substrates and lexifiers. DLCE Workshop “Language shift and substratum interference in (pre)history”
Jul 13: .: talk given by Natalia Levshina at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Tartu University: No alarms when no surprises: The principle of economy and constructions with the bare and to-infinitive in English.
Jul 2017: Conference talk by Karsten Schmidtke-Bode at the 3rd Usage-Based Linguistics Conference (Jerusalem): Processing typology and cross-linguistic variation in NP structure: An assessment of Hawkins’ efficiency predictions
Jul 13: Workshop talk by Martin Haspelmath, at the Workshop “Markedness: Perspectives in Morphology and Phonology“, University of Frankfurt/Main: Architects vs. engineers: Making markedness function
Jul 25: talk given by Natalia Levshina at the Corpus Lingustics Conference, University of Birmingham: Bringing together corpus linguisics and typology: Frequency, informativity and grammatical asymmetries
Jun 3-30: Guest lectures by Susanne Maria Michaelis on creole languages, Chaire Internationale Labex-EFL (Paris, INALCO)
Jun 8-11: Workshop talk by Martin Haspelmath: The DNA and evolution of languages. Workshop on “Variation and universals in language”, Crecchio (Abruzzo)
Jun 19: Workshop talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis, at University of Tampere: Asymmetry in path coding: Creole data support a universal trend. Annual Summer Conference of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, 19-22 June 2017.
Jun 19: Workshop talk by Martin Haspelmath: Language typology: The Humboldtian and the Greenbergian traditions. FU Berlin workshop on the occasion of Wilhelm von Humboldt’s 250th birthday, Berlin.
May 22: talk given by Natalia Levshina at the NoDaLiDa Workshop on Universal Dependencies (UDW 2017, the University of Gothenburg): Syntactic Communicative efficiency and syntactic predictability: A cross-linguistic study based on the Universal Dependencies corpora.
Apr 7: Invited talk by Ilja A. Seržant, at University of Zürich: The dynamics of Greek prepositions (with the main focus on perì ‘about’): corpus-based approach. URL: http://www.agenda.uzh.ch/record.php?id=33510&group=82;public
Mar 02: Workshop talk (Journée créole) by Susanne Maria Michaelis, at Regensburg University: Asymmetric coding of allatives and ablatives in creole languages
Mar 8-10: Workshop (AG) on coding asymmetries and usage frequency at DGfS Annual Meeting Saarbrücken, with talks by Martin Haspelmath, Natalia Levshina, Karsten Schmidtke-Bode, Ilja Seržant
Mar 09: Conference talk by Karsten Schmidtke-Bode at the DGfS Annual Meeting (University of Saarbrücken): Signal reduction at clause boundaries: Towards a typological systematization.
Mar 10: Conference talk by Ilja A. Seržant at University of Saarland. Towards functional motivation for the reduced third person indexing. 39. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft. URL: http://dgfs2017.uni-saarland.de/wordpress/arbeitsgruppen/ag-5/
Mar 14: talk given by Natalia Levshina at LICTRA 2017 Leipzig International Conference on Translation & Interpretation Studies, Leipzig University: Translation of ‘you’ in online film subtitles: A quantitative cross-linguistic study.
Mar 16: Keynote presentation by Susanne Maria Michaelis, at the Fourth International Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization (LCTG4), at Greifswald University: Explaining the features of creole languages: Language shift and the division of labor between substrates and lexifers
Mar 24: Workshop talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis, at the Eleventh Creolistics Workshop at Gießen University: Independent possessive person-forms are longer: Creole data support a universal trend
Mar 28: Conference talk by Karsten Schmidtke-Bode at the Vielfaltslinguistikkonferenz (Leipzig University and Nikolai-Lab): Seeking patterns in diversity: On the use of intragenealogical samples in typological research.
Mar 28: Workshop talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis, at the Vielfaltskonferenz (Leipzig University & Nikolai-Lab) : Asymmetry in path coding: Creole data support a universal trend
Mar 28: Conference talk by Ilja A. Seržant at University of Leipzig: Differential object and subject marking from clefts. Presented at the conference “Vielfaltslinguistik in Leipzig. Konferenz für Typologie und Feldforschung. URL: http://research.uni-leipzig.de/unicodas/vielfaltslinguistik-in-leipzig/
Mar 28: conference talk given by Natalia Levshina at at Vielfalslinguistik in Leipzig conference, Leipzig University: Economy, iconicity or productivity? A typological study of causative constructions
Jan 6: Plenary conference talk by Martin Haspelmath, at ConSOLE 25 (Leipzig University): Do aliens have UG? On efficiency of grammatical coding as an explanation for grammatical universals
Jan 12: Seminar talk by Ilja Seržant: Two developmental paths of Differential Object Marking
Jan 18: Invited talk by Natalia Levshina, at Gießen University: Permutation and recursive partitioning: word order, semantic complexity, politeness and the art of tea-tasting. URL: http://www.natalialevshina.com/Documents/Permutation.pdf
Jan 26: Seminar talk by Natalia Levshina: Economy, iconicity and productivity: A typological study of causative constructions (Diversity Linguistics Seminar)
Dec 16: Invited talk by Martin Haspelmath, at Leiden University: Universal constraints on syntactic argument coding: Functional-adaptive, mutational and representational
Nov 12: Conference talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis (& Martin Haspelmath), at conference “Inferences in Interaction and Language Change” (FRIAS Freiburg): Why independent possessive person-forms are longer: Diverse sources conspiring toward a uniform result
Nov 24 : Invited talk by Natalia Levshina, at Kiel University: Parallel corpora, conditional inference trees and random forests: How to compare constraints cross-linguistically. URL: http://www.natalialevshina.com/Documents/Levshina_Kiel2016.pdf
Oct 26: Guest talk by Susanne Maria Michaelis at Afrikakolloquium (HU Berlin): Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures
September 1-2: Workshop on Functional Motivations and Diachronic Explanation in Typology at the Annual Meeting of the SLE, with talks by Martin Haspelmath, Susanne Maria Michaelis, Natalia Levshina, Karsten Schmidtke-Bode and Ilja Seržant
Sept 16: Workshop talk by Martin Haspelmath, at University of Jena: Can we distinguish between mutational constraints and functional-adaptive constraints in explaining typological generalizations?
Sept 15 : Workshop talk by Natalia Levshina, at the 46th Poznań Linguistic Meeting, Adam Mickiewicz University. What causes causatives? A multifactorial study based on a parallel corpus. URL: http://www.natalialevshina.com/Documents/Levshina_PLM2016.pdf
August 11: Seminar talk by Karsten Schmidtke-Bode: Complement clauses and complementation systems in cross-linguistic perspective.
June 8: Seminar talk by Ilja Seržant: Towards the diachronic typology of differential P and S marking.
June 13: Guest talk by Ilja Seržant at the University of Cologne: Towards the diachronic typology of differential argument marking.
June 15: Conference talk by Natalia Levshina, at the 2nd Usage-Based Linguistics Conference, Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv: Frequency, predictability and grammatical asymmetries: Evidence from Google n-grams. URL: http://www.natalialevshina.com/Documents/Levshina_TelAviv2016.pdf
June 11: Conference talk by Natalia Levshina, at the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco), Olomouc University: A pilot study of T/V-forms in European languages based on a parallel corpus of film subtitles. URL: http://www.natalialevshina.com/Documents/Levshina_OLinCo2016.pdf
May 19: Conference talk Ilja Seržant, at the conference “Sanskrit and the Linguistic Revolution – 200 years of Indo-European Studies” Jena: A new category in Tocharian: the Inagentive.
April 4: Invited talk by Natalia Levshina, at the workshop “Probabilistic variation across dialects and varieties”, University of Leuven: Help + (to) Infinitive in twenty geographic varieties of web-based English: A Bayesian mixed-model approach. URL: http://www.natalialevshina.com/Documents/Levshina_Leuven2016.pdf
April 22: Workshop talk by Ilja Seržant, at the Working Meeting devoted to Differential Argument Marking. Moscow, Institute of Linguistics: Symmetric DOM: The case of Latvian.