LINGUIST List 32.385

Mon Feb 01 2021

Calls: Indo-European; Hist Ling/Online and United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 01-Feb-2021
From: Krishnan Ram-Prasad <>
Subject: Proto-Indo-European Reconstruction: Problems, possibilities and new perspectives
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Full Title: Proto-Indo-European Reconstruction: Problems, possibilities and new perspectives
Short Title: PIER Cambridge 2021

Date: 01-Oct-2021 - 02-Oct-2021
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Krishnan Ram-Prasad
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2021

Meeting Description:

At (not quite) the beginning of a new decade, this conference aims to re-energise discussions surrounding the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European (PIE), the common ancestor of the Indo-European (IE) language family. We invite papers that tackle head-on the familiar challenges one faces in attempting linguistic reconstruction, and explain how we can overcome them with perhaps unfamiliar approaches.

In-person component as yet unconfirmed - online presentation & attendance will be available in any event.

Call for Papers:

We invite papers on any aspect of PIE reconstruction, including—but not limited to—phonological, morphological and syntactic elements. Presentations can span from more data-focused analyses to broader, theoretical questions that push the boundaries of the methodologies we have employed so far. This broad spectrum of topics will allow different areas of research to be included, while maintaining a focus on the central importance of linguistic reconstruction in IE studies.

Papers will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion (30 mins total).

If you wish to present something at this conference, please submit an abstract of up to 500 words, (not including bibliography) in PDF to You will receive a response with a survey to complete; it is compulsory that you fill in this information.

If you submitted an abstract last year, you will automatically be considered for this year’s conference. You may submit a new abstract, which will replace the previous one (one abstract per participant or co-presenting team), or, if you wish, you can email us to withdraw your original submission.

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 March 2021.

Your abstract should also include your name, email and institutional affiliation (if any). We will aim to notify you of our decision within a month of the deadline.

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