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TitelPhylometric and phylogenetic approaches in the humanities
BeschreibungPhylometric and phylogenetic approaches in the humanities
Tutorial: Thursday/Friday, Nov. 22nd/23rd 2012
Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 24th 2012

The use of phylogenetic algorithms for the analysis of large sets of genetic data has a long tradition in biology. In the recent past, methods developed in this context have been gaining importance also in the humanities. In a a variety of disciplines, including linguistics, literary studies, anthropology and others, they have been used for the visualisation and analysis of diverse data sets such as comparative word lists, translated texts, manuscript traditions and other types of cultural artefacts (see below for references). However, these approaches are seldom compared from a interdisciplinary, methodological perspective.

In order to advance these methods and discuss their application, we are holding a three-day event composed of a tutorial and a workshop.

The tutorial on Nov 22/23 offers an hand-on introduction to phylogenetic methods for interested advanced students and researchers. The tutorial is based on genuine data sets used in the study of manuscript tradition (stemmatology) and linguistics (parallel texts and dialectological data). It is lead by:
- Heather Windram (Cambridge University, Biology Department; stemmatological data)
- Christoph Wolk (FRIAS, Freiburg University; linguistic data)

If you would like to participate, please register by October 20, 2012. The tutorial is free of charge, and we may be able to supply private accomodation for a limited number of participants. For more details, please visit our web site at

In the workshop on the next day, Nov 24, we would like to bring together both junior researchers and established specialists from different disciplines to discuss and exchange ideas about applications, benefits and limitations of "phylomemetics” (Howe and Windram 2011) in different disciplines and with different types of data in the humanities. We are especially interested in methodological issues that have relevance across the disciplines; this may also include case studies focusing on the applicability of these methods to specific data types and research questions.

List of invited speakers:
- Teemu Roos (Computer Science, University of Helsinki)
- Michael Cysouw (Linguistic typology, Philipps-Universität Marburg)
- Jamie Tehrani (Anthropology, University of Durham)
- T.B.A.

If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract (500 characters at maximum) by October 14th, 2012 to
If you would like to attend without presenting, please let us know by October 20th so we can plan ahead.

Further information can be found at Please don't hesitate to contact us at bernphylogeny@gmail.comin case of further questions.

The Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS), Univ. Bern -

Kathrin Chlench, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Bern
Gabriel Viehhauser, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Bern
Ruprecht von Waldenfels, Institut für slavische Sprachen und Literaturen, Universität Bern
Manuel Widmer, Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Bern

McMahon and McMahon (2005), Language Classification by Numbers. OEP
Nichols and Warnow (2008), Tutorial on Computational Linguistic Phylogeny. Language and Linguistics Compass, 2: 760–820.
Windram, Shaw, Robinson, Howe (2008): Dante's Monarchia as a test case for the use
of phylogenetic methods in stemmatic analysis. LLC 23(4): 443-463.
Tehrani, Collard and Shennan (2010), The cophylogeny of populations and cultures: reconstructing the evolution of Iranian tribal craft traditions using trees and jungles. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 365(1559): 3865-3874.
Howe and Windram (2011): Phylomemetics – evolutionary analysis beyond the gene. PLoS Biology 9: 1-5.
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