The KNAW Conference Patterns of Diversification and Contact: a Global Perspective will bring together leading experts from linguistics and neighbouring fields to pursue answers to questions concerning language dispersal and linguistic diversity on three continents: Africa, Southeast Asia/Pacific, and South America.
This conference aims at comparing the complex language and population histories of Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia/Pacific in terms of history and patterns of settlement, conceptions of ethnicity, and communication strategies. These three regions show interesting contrasts in the distribution of languages and language families.
Conjointly a number of other events will be organised on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December:
- Workshop on Quantitative Approaches to Areal Typology
- Workshop on Dynamics of Ritual and Secret Languages
- Presentation South American Component ERC Traces of Contact
Pending availability of space, all events are open to interested researchers.