Evolutionary reconstruction of gender in Indo-European is a highly interesting field. The subject is a perfect testbed for how well evolutionary methods generally work. The core issue is that the system that we reconstruct to Proto-Indo-European, a system

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In this blog, I will try – as far as possible – to switch between lexicon and grammar. Most topics are related to ongoing research either by me or by people in our research group. I will also try to have PhDs and other researchers writing guest posts, sha

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From now on, I will use this forum to share nice pictures, interesting thoughts, and news from my research on language diversity and evolution, Tocharian, Romani, and Amazonian languages. Stay in the loop! My first post gives a map of the diversity in Eur

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Density heatmaps indicating the frequency of languages as source (y) and target (x) language in loan events, by their ranking in a Language Power Index rank.A study in PLOS ONE shows that borrowing is hierchical: borrowings are most likely to take place f

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On October 25-26, all Tocharian specialists of the world gather in Vienna, Austria. Only a few years ago, these conferences would fit in an elevator; now, there are 30 participants, which is a huge improvement: the field is growing rapidly in terms of pro

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