Darwin-L Message Log 5:116 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:116>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Thu Jan 20 18:47:05 1994

Date: Thu, 20 Jan 1994 19:57:41 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: Upcoming AAAS session on historical linguistics
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

I just noticed that there is a session at the upcoming AAAS meeting in
San Francisco on historical linguistics, and thought some people might
like to see what's on the program.  My guess is that this is a fairly
unusual session for a AAAS (American Association for the Advancement
of Science) meeting, and it may be that the people involved are trying
do what we had been discussing here, namely just getting out the correct
view as they see it, rather than working on the defensive against the
unorthodox views that have gotten a lot of attention.  AAAS sessions
are usually tape recorded and cassette copies are typically available
for purchase; those of us who will not be attending the meeting might
like to look into this possibility.  I don't believe any of the speakers
in this session are Darwin-L subscribers, but if any of our linguists
would care to invite them to join they would be welcome.  Perhaps I could
send a Darwin-L notice to Nichols and she could pass it on to the others;
can someone send me her mailing address privately?  Many thanks.

Bob O'Hara (darwin@iris.uncg.edu)


American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting
San Francisco, 18-23 February 1994 (Registration info: 301-855-8811)


Organized by Johanna Nichols, UC-Berkeley, and Lyle Campbell, Louisiana
State University.

Methods of contemporary standard comparative linguistics and an assessment
of its capabilities in reconstructing ancestral forms of language.  The
relationship to history, archaeology, and cultural anthropology will also
be examined.

Monday, 21 February, 2:30-5:30, San Francisco Hilton

1. The comparative method (Jay H. Jasanoff, Cornell University)

2. The role of grammatical evidence in hypotheses of linguistic relationship
   (Lyle Campbell, Louisiana State University)

3. Characterizing and evaluating evidence for distant genetic relationships
   (William H. Jacobsen, University of Nevada - Reno)

4. Chance and true linguistic relationships (Donald A. Ringe, University of

5. Language at 40,000 BC (Johanna Nichols, University of California - Berkeley)

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