Attending the Grambank workshop

The deadline for registration has now passed, we are therefore sorry that we can no longer accept additional on-site participants. We will also be streaming the event live, so that interested researchers of all levels can attend our workshop remotely. If you would like to receive the link to our Zoom live stream and didn't sign up for it in time, please send us an e-mail.

Invited Speakers

(listed in alphabetical order by first presenter's last name; co-presenters listed in one row)

  • Marc Allassonnière-Tang
  • Angela Chira
  • Jeremy Collins
  • Russell Dinnage
  • Michael Dunn, Outi Vesakoski & Miina Norvik
  • Rui Dong
  • David Goldstein
  • Robert Forkel
  • Anna Graff
  • Harald Hammarström & Philipp Rönchen
  • Martin Haspelmath
  • Hannah Haynie
  • Nataliia Hübler
  • Gerhard Jäger
  • Johann-Mattis List & Frederic Blum
  • Jakob Lesage
  • Samuel Passmore
  • Sean Roberts
  • Olena Shcherbakova
  • Kaius Sinnemäki & Francesca Di Garbo
  • Hedvig Skirgård
  • Annemarie Verkerk


Wednesday, September 13

08:50 - 09:15everyoneregistration: picking up name tags, lunch & reception tickets
SESSION 1chair: Russell Gray 
09:15 - 09:30Russell GrayWelcome & opening remarks
09:30 - 10:00Hedvig SkirgårdGrambank stepping onto the scene: results from the release paper on spatiophylogenetic effects on language structure, unusual languages and language endangerment
10:00 - 10:30Olena ShcherbakovaThe evolution of grammatical complexity
10:30 - 11:00COFFEE BREAK 
SESSION 2chair: Angela Chira 
11:00 - 11:30Sean RobertsPopulation size and morphological complexity: a causal inference approach
11:30 - 12:00Nataliia HüblerDeep signal in structural features
12:00 - 12:30Jakob Lesage & Hedvig SkirgårdBeyond zeros and ones: how Grambank informs grammar writing
12:30 - 13:30LUNCH BREAK 
SESSION 3chair: Martin Haspelmath 
13:30 - 14:00Gerhard JägerMajor word order reconsidered - with better data and better models
14:00 - 14:30Robert ForkelGrambank 2.0 - integrating typological datasets with CLDF
14:30 - 15:00Russell DinnageSurfing the grammar manifold: Ancestral state estimation and evolutionary rate estimation of Grambank characters on a phylogeny using latent generative models
15:00 - 15:30COFFEE BREAK 
SESSION 4chair: Susanne Maria Michaelis 
15:30 - 16:00Michael Dunn, Outi Vesakoski & Miina NorvikURATYP: Extending Grambank for regional studies
16:00 - 16:30David GoldsteinThe evolutionary dynamics of article inventories
16:30 - 17:00Rui DongThe shapes of languages
17:00 - 17:15everyoneWrapping up for the day

Thursday, September 14

SESSION 5chair: Russell Gray 
09:00 - 09:30Martin HaspelmathIntroducing CrossGram, a complementary project
09:30 - 10:00Jeremy CollinsDetecting Language Contact Events Using Grambank Data
10:00 - 10:30Kaius Sinnemäki, Francesca Di Garbo & Hedvig SkirgårdExploring the likelihood of linguistic convergence in contact situations: Comparing the GramBank and GramAdapt data
10:30 - 11:00COFFEE BREAK 
SESSION 6chair: Hedvig Skirgård 
11:00 - 11:30Frederic Blum & Johann-Mattis ListUsing Lexibank and Grambank to Automatically Affiliate Languages to Families
11:30 - 12:00Marc Allassonnière-Tang & Olena ShcherbakovaUsing Grambank data to investigate the evolutionary trends of complexity in gender systems
12:00 - 12:30Annemarie Verkerk & Hannah HaynieGlobal-scale inference of typological universals using Grambank
12:30 - 13:45LUNCH BREAK 
13:45 - 14:00everyonegroup photo shooting (ENTRANCE HALL)
SESSION 7chair: Frederic Blum 
14:00 - 14:30Harald Hammarström & Philipp RönchenExplorations in grammatochronology
14:30 - 15:00Anna GraffUsing Grambank to detect linguistic areas
15:00 - 15:30COFFEE BREAK 
SESSION 8chair: Olena Shcherbakova 
15:30 - 16:00Samuel PassmoreThe disproportionate impact of language endangerment on child acquisition research: Using Grambank to quantify the extent of unstudied and endangered diversity
16:00 - 16:30Angela ChiraOn the evolution of linguistic disparity
16:30 - 16:45Russell GrayWrapping up


Registration has now closed.

Deadline for registrations was July 21st, 2023.


  • the workshop will take place at MPI-EVA in our lecture hall
  • we have booked hotel rooms for all presenters
  • non-presenters are advised to book their own accommodations in Leipzig soon, as hotels are currently filling up fast
  • there is no registration fee
  • coffee breaks (coffee, tea, refreshments) will be provided free of charge to all registered participants in our entrance hall
  • lunch can be purchased on-site at our cafeteria (presenters will be getting lunch for free)
  • there will be a workshop reception on Sept 13 directly after the afternoon session at MPI-EVA (non-presenters can purchase a ticket to attend this event, presenters are automatically invited)



Are you interested in how your data could be added to Grambank?
As a sattelite event to our workshop, we will offer a one day Grambank coding training on September 11th, 2023 (on Zoom).
At the training we welcome language experts who know something about a language and their way around linguistic terminology to come and code our questionnaire alongside our coding expoerts. This will help you in turning your knowledge into part of the Grambank database.
We will have experts and assistants available to show you the ropes and help out with specifics. Your coding will be credited to you specifically.

Registration for our Coding Training has now been closed.


Questions? Please send any queries regarding this workshop to us here.