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Diversity Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospect

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


This conference is the final event taking place at MPI EVA's Department of Linguistics, which will close at the end of May 2015 with Bernard Comrie’s retirement. To celebrate eighteen years of research on the diversity of human languages, we invited all present and former members and guests of the department to submit an abstract.

The conference thus reflects current activities within the broad area of “diversity linguistics”: research on little-studied languages, language typology and universals, comparative/historical linguistics, and evolutionary linguistics. It will provide a representative overview of past achievements and future prospects of research within the various subfields of diversity linguistics.

The conference is open to the public. If you would like to attend, please register and pay the fee of EUR 50 (for coffee breaks, lunches and an evening reception) by April 10.

2015 May 1-3 (Leipzig, Germany)

Conference committee

  • Bernard Comrie
  • David Gil
  • Sven Grawunder
  • Martin Haspelmath
  • Paul Heggarty
  • Susanne Maria Michaelis
  • Frank Seifart

Local organizer

  • Claudia Bavero 


Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

phone.: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 0
email: diversity_linguistics@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de