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Department of Linguistics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

phone.: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 329
fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 333

e-mail: diversity_linguistics@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Diversity Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospect

1-3 May 2015 (Leipzig, Germany)

Closing conference of the Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 


The Department of Linguistics at MPI-EVA will close at the end of May 2015 with Bernard Comrie’s retirement. We are organizing this conference to celebrate eighteen years of research on the diversity of human languages by members and guests of the department.

All present and former members and long-term guests are invited to submit an abstract to speak at this conference.  The topic may be any current research within the broad area of “diversity linguistics”: research on little-studied languages, language typology and universals, comparative/historical linguistics, and evolutionary linguistics.

Our aspiration is that this conference will give a representative overview of past achievements and future prospects of research within the various subfields of diversity linguistics. We expect this to be a big conference bringing together many prominent researchers in language typology, historical linguistics, and language description and documentation. The conference programme will be announced publicly and anyone can attend.

Call for abstracts

Please send a one-page abstract for a 30-minute presentation to diversity_linguistics@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de (as a PDF attachment).

Important dates

  • Deadline for submission: 30 November 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2014
  • Conference: 1-3 May 2015

Local organizer


Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig