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Johann-Mattis List

Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 341 3550 238
e-mail: mattis_list@~@eva.mpg.de

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About me
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

About me

I am a senior scientist at the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and now also a Privatdozent at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and pursue an interdisciplinary research project on Computer-Assisted Language Comparison (CALC), funded by the European Research Council from April 2017 until March 2022. In this project, we will try to develop methods and interfaces that bridge the gap between computational and classical approaches to historical linguistics in order to shed light on the history of the Sino-Tibetan language family. In my research, I generally follow a data-driven, empirical, and quantitative perspective on language change and language history. In contrast to pure computational approaches, however, I try to keep my research closely connected to traditional historical linguistics and theory, following a computer-assisted rather than a computer-based framework of quantitative research in historical linguistics.

Curriculum Vitae

since 03/2021Senior scientist in the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
01/2017-02/2021Senior scientist in the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
1/2015-12/2016DFG research fellow at the Centre de Recherches Linguistique sur l'Asie Orientale (EHESS) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Team "Adaptation, Integration, Reticulation, Evolution")
10/2012-12/2014Post-doctoral researcher at Philipps-University Marburg
02/2009-09/2012Doctoral student at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Historical Linguistics)
25.06.2008Magister Artium: Major Subject: Comparative-Historical Linguistics (Freie University Berlin), Minor Subjects: Sinology (Freie University Berlin), Russian Philology (Humboldt-University Berlin)
09/2007-01/2008Visiting student at Fúdàn University Shànghǎi (Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, taught in Chinese)
09/2005-07/2006Language student at Fudan University Shanghai
2003-2008Studies at Freie University Berlin and Humbold-University Berlin (Major Subject: Comparative-Historical Linguistics, Minor Subjects: Sinology, Russian Philology)
10/2002-09/2003Studies at Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen (Major Subject: Rhetorics, Minor Subjects: Modern History, Comparative Literature Studies, Russian Philology)

My full and always up-to-date CV is available for download here.

Publications

Bodt, T. A., & List, J.-M. (2021). Reflex prediction: A case study of Western Kho-Bwa (advance online). Diachronica.
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Power, J. M., Grimm, G. W., & List, J.-M. (2020). Evolutionary dynamics in the dispersal of sign languages. Royal Society Open Science, 7(1).
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Jackson, J. C., Watts, J., Henry, T. R., List, J.-M., Forkel, R., Mucha, P. J., Greenhill, S. J., Gray, R. D., & Lindquist, K. A. (2019). Emotion semantics show both cultural variation and universal structure. Science, 366, 1517-1522.
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Jacques, G., & List, J. M. (2019). Save the trees why we need tree models in linguistic reconstruction (and when we should apply them). Journal of Historical Linguistics, 9(1), 128-166.
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Sagart, L., Jacques, G., Lai, Y., Ryder, R. J., Thouzeau, V., Greenhill, S. J., & List, J.-M. (2019). Dated language phylogenies shed light on the ancestry of Sino-Tibetan. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(21), 10317-10322.
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List, J.-M. (2019). Automatic inference of sound correspondence patterns across multiple languages. Computational Linguistics, 45(1), 137-161.
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Im Druck

Jackson, J., Watts, J., List, J.-M., Drabble, R., & Lindquist, K. (in press). From text to thought: How analyzing language can advance psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

2021

Tjuka, A., Forkel, R., & List, J.-M. (2021). Linking norms, ratings, and relations of words and concepts across multiple language varieties. Behavior Research Methods.
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Evans, C. L., Greenhill, S. J., Watts, J., List, J.-M., Botero, C. A., Gray, R. D., & Kirby, K. (2021). The uses and abuses of tree thinking in cultural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 376(1828): 20200056.
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Bodt, T. A., & List, J.-M. (2021). Reflex prediction: A case study of Western Kho-Bwa (advance online). Diachronica.
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List, J.-M. (2021). Computer-assisted approaches to historical language comparison. Habilitation Thesis, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena.
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List, J.-M., & Forkel, R. (2021). Automated identification of borrowings in multilingual wordlists. Open Research Europe, 1: 79, pp. 1-11.
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List, J.-M., Sims, N. A., & Forkel, R. (2021). Toward a sustainable handling of interlinear-glossed text in language documentation. ACM Transactions on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing, 20(2), 1-15.
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2020

Miller, J. E., Tresoldi, T., Zariquiey, R., Castañón, C. A. B., Morozova, N., & List, J.-M. (2020). Using lexical language models to detect borrowings in monolingual wordlists. PLoS One, 0242709.
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List, J.-M. (2020). Improving data handling and analysis in the study of rhyme patterns. Cahiers de linguistique Asie orientale, 49(1), 43-57.
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Schweikhard, N. E., & List, J.-M. (2020). Developing an annotation framework for word formation processes in comparative linguistics. SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, 17(1), 2-26.
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Wu, M.-S., Schweikhard, N. E., Bodt, T. A., Hill, N. W., & List, J.-M. (2020). Computer-Assisted Language Comparison: State of the Art. Journal of Open Humanities Data, 6(2).
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Power, J. M., Grimm, G. W., & List, J.-M. (2020). Evolutionary dynamics in the dispersal of sign languages. Royal Society Open Science, 7(1).
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Rzymski, C., Tresoldi, T., Greenhill, S. J., Wu, M.-S., Schweikhard, N. E., Koptjevskaja-Tamm, M., Gast, V., Bodt, T. A., Hantgan, A., Kaiping, G. A., Chang, S., Lai, Y., Morozova, N., Arjava, H., Hübler, N., Koile, E., Pepper, S., Proos, M., Epps, B. V., Blanco, I., Hundt, C., Monakhov, S., Pianykh, K., Ramesh, S., Gray, R. D., Forkel, R., & List, J.-M. (2020). The database of cross-linguistic colexifications, reproducible analysis of cross-linguistic polysemies. Scientific Data, 7: 13.
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Forkel, R., & List, J.-M. (2020). CLDFBench: Give your cross-linguistic data a lift. In N. Calzolari, F. Béchet, P. Blache, K. Choukri, C. Cieri, T. Declerck, S. Goggi, H. Ishara, B. Maegaard, H. M. Mariani, A. Moreno, J. Odijk, & S. Piperidis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2020) (pp. 6995-7002). Paris: European Language Resources Association (ELRA).
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2019

Jackson, J. C., Watts, J., Henry, T. R., List, J.-M., Forkel, R., Mucha, P. J., Greenhill, S. J., Gray, R. D., & Lindquist, K. A. (2019). Emotion semantics show both cultural variation and universal structure. Science, 366, 1517-1522.
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List, J.-M. (2019). Beyond edit distances: Comparing linguistic reconstruction systems. Theoretical Linguistics, 45(3-4), 247-258.
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List, J.-M. (2019). Automated methods for the investigation of language contact, with a focus on lexical borrowing. Language and Linguistics Compass, 13(10): e12355.
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Jacques, G., & List, J. M. (2019). Save the trees why we need tree models in linguistic reconstruction (and when we should apply them). Journal of Historical Linguistics, 9(1), 128-166.
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Bodt, T. A., & List, J.-M. (2019). Testing the predictive strength of the comparative method: An ongoing experiment on unattested words in Western Kho‐Bwa languages. Papers in Historical Phonology, 4, 22-44.
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Sagart, L., Jacques, G., Lai, Y., Ryder, R. J., Thouzeau, V., Greenhill, S. J., & List, J.-M. (2019). Dated language phylogenies shed light on the ancestry of Sino-Tibetan. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(21), 10317-10322.
Open Access    DOI    BibTeX   Endnote   

List, J.-M. (2019). Automatic inference of sound correspondence patterns across multiple languages. Computational Linguistics, 45(1), 137-161.
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Hill, N. W., & List, J.-M. (2019). Using Chinese character formation graphs to test proposals in Chinese historical Phonology. Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics, 12(2), 186-200.
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List, J.-M., Hill, N. W., & Foster, C. J. (2019). Towards a standardized annotation of rhyme judgments in Chinese historical phonology (and beyond). Journal of Language Relationship, 17(1), 26-43.
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List, J.-M., Lai, Y., & Starostin, G. S. (2019). „Old chinese and friends“: New approaches to historical linguistics of the Sino-Tibetan area. Journal of Language Relationship, 17(1-2).
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2018

Forkel, R., List, J.-M., Greenhill, S. J., Rzymski, C., Bank, S., Cysouw, M., Hammarström, H., Haspelmath, M., Kaiping, G. A., & Gray, R. D. (2018). Cross-Linguistic Data Formats, advancing data sharing and re-use in comparative linguistics. Scientific Data, 5: 180205.
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List, M., Walworth, M., Greenhill, S. J., Tresoldi, T., & Forkel, R. (2018). Sequence comparison in computational historical linguistics. Journal of Language Evolution, 3(2), 130-144.
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Rama, T., List, J.-M., Wahle, J., & Jäger, G. (2018). Are automatic methods for cognate detection good enough for phylogenetic reconstruction in historical linguistics? In Proceedings of the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (pp. 393-400). Association for Computational Linguistics.
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Anderson, C., Tresoldi, T., Chacon, T., Fehn, A.-M., Walworth, M., Forkel, R., & List, J.-M. (2018). A cross-linguistic database of phonetic transcription systems. Yearbook of the Poznan Linguistic Meeting, 4(1), 21-53.
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Jäger, G., & List, J.-M. (2018). Using ancestral state reconstruction methods for onomasiological reconstruction in multilingual word lists. Language Dynamics and Change, 8(1), 22-54.
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List, J.-M., Greenhill, S. J., Anderson, C., Mayer, T., Tresoldi, T., & Forkel, R. (2018). CLICS2: An improved database of cross-linguistic colexifications assembling lexical data with the help of cross-linguistic data formats. Linguistic Typology, 22(2), 277-306.
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2017

Hill, N. W., & List, J.-M. (2017). Challenges of annotation and analysis in computer-assisted language comparison: A case study on Burmish languages. Yearbook of the Poznan Linguistic Meeting, 3(1), 47-76.
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List, J.-M. (2017). A web-based interactive tool for creating, inspecting, editing, and publishing etymological datasets. In Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) (Ed.), Proceedings of the 15. EACL 2017 Software Demonstrations, Valencia, Spain, April 3-7 2017 (pp. 9-12). Stroudsburg PA, USA: ACL.
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List, J.-M., Greenhill, S. J., & Gray, R. D. (2017). The Potential of automatic word comparison for historical linguistics. PLoS One, 0170046.
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List, J.-M. (2017). Contraction. In R. Sybesma (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese language and linguistics (pp. 672-675). Leiden and Boston: Brill.
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List, J.-M. (2017). Fāngyán 方言. In R. Sybesma (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese language and linguistics (pp. 219-225). Leiden and Boston: Brill.
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List, J.-M. (2017). Using network models to analyze Old Chinese rhyme data. Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics, 9(2), 218-241.
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List, J.-M., Pathmanathan, J. S., Hill, N. W., Bapteste, E., & Lopez, P. (2017). Vowel purity and rhyme evidence in Old Chinese reconstruction. Lingua sinica, 3: 5.
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2016

List, J.-M., Pathmanathan, J. S., Lopez, P., & Bapteste, E. (2016). Unity and disunity in evolutionary sciences: Process-based analogies open common research avenues for biology and linguistics. Biology Direct, 11(1): 39.
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2014

List, J.-M., Nelson-Sathi, S., Geisler, H., & Martin, W. (2014). Networks of lexical borrowing and lateral gene transfer in language and genome evolution. Bioessays, 36(2), 141-150.
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List, J.-M., Nelson-Sathi, S., Martin, W., & Geisler, H. (2014). Using phylogenetic networks to model Chinese dialect history. Language Dynamics and Change, 4(2), 222-252.
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2012

List, J.-M. (2012). SCA: Phonetic alignment based on sound classes. In D. Lassite, & M. Slavkovik (Eds.), New Directions in Logic, Language and Computation: ESSLLI 2010 and ESSLLI 2011 Student Sessions. Selected Papers (pp. 32-51). Berlin, Heidelberg: Imprint: Springer.
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2011

Holman, E. W., Brown, C. H., Wichmann, S., Müller, A., Velupillai, V., Hammarström, H., Sauppe, S., Jung, H., Bakker, D., Brown, P., Belyaev, O., Urban, M., Mailhammer, R., List, J.-M., & Egorov, D. (2011). Automated dating of the world's language families based on lexical similarity. Current Anthropology, 52(6), 841-875.
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Nelson-Sathi, S., List, J.-M., Geisler, H., Fangerau, H., Gray, R. D., Martin, W., & Dagan, T. (2011). Networks uncover hidden lexical borrowing in Indo-European language evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1713), 1794-1803.
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2010

Wichmann, S., Holman, E. W., Müller, A., Velupillai, V., List, J.-M., Belyaev, O., Urban, M., & Bakker, D. (2010). Glottochronology as a heuristic for genealogical language relationships. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 17(4), 303-316.
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