Conference presentations


·       Inheritability and transmissibility of linguistic and other cultural features: The coevolution of noun categorization and kinship systems, International Conference on Historical Linguistics 2022 - Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom (with Allassonnière-Tang, Marc), August 1-5, 2022.

·       A study in de-iconization: phonological and morphological adaptations of Indo-European bird names (with Huard, Athanaric & Erben Johansson, Niklas), 13e colloque international sur l'iconicité dans la langue et la littérature: "Iconicity in Language and Literature" - Sorbonne Université, Paris, France, May 31-June 2, 2022.



·       “The lexical and typological trajectory of Indo-European gender evolution” 54th annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Athens (with Allassonnière-Tang, M., Luraghi, S., Pydugadu, S., Lundgren, O. & Larsson, F.), August 30-September 3, 2021.

·       “Cultural connotations of categorizing the environment: does the presence of a linguistic gender and noun class system in any way connect to cultural feature data?” (with Niklas Erben Johansson, Hilda Appelgren, Ravn Kirkegaard), Cultural Evolutionary Society Conference 2021, Sapporo, Japan, June 9-11, 2021.



·       “The evolutionary mechanisms of vocal iconicity. A study on basic vocabulary of the Indo-European family” (with Erben Johansson, N. & Frid, J.) 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Bukarest (oral presentation), August 26-September 1, 2020.



·       Keynote, conference: Language and Modern Technologies, State University of Tblisi, December 15-17, 2019.

·       Keynote (symposium leader) “Language Evolution at the Crossroad between Comparative and Phylogenetic Linguistics”, Conference: Protolang 5, 2019, University of Lisbon, September 26-28, 2019.

·       “The mechanisms of gender assignment: an evolutionary study of the Indo-European three-gender system”, workshop: Computational and phylogenetic historical linguistics, International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL24), Australian National University, July 1-5, 2019, Canberra.

·       “Alignment stability and change: arguments from a Bayesian evolutionary angle”, workshop: Alignment change in different frameworks, International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL24), ANU, July 1-5, 2019, Canberra.

·       “Evolutionary aspects of Indo-European gender assignment”, 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Leipzig, Germany (with Briana Van Epps) (oral presentation). August 21-24, 2019.

·       “Prior thoughts on mixed-membership models in linguistics”, Bayes@Lund, Lund (with Chundra Cathcart) (co-author), May 7, 2019.



·       “Can semantic evolution be predicted? A case study on the Eurasian vocabularies for hunting, farming, and technology”, Cultural Evolution Society Conference, Arizona (with Harald Hammarström and Sandra Cronhamn) (oral presentation), October 22-24, 2018.

·       “Why do we need loans? A comparative-contrastive study on Eurasian lexical borrowability”, 51th Annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea Tallin (with Sandra Cronhamn) (oral presentation), August 29-September 1, 2018.

·       “Borrowability, inheritance, and semantic change in the Indo-European and Caucasian vocabulary for hunting, farming, and technology”, International Colloquium on Loanwords and Substrata in Indo-European languages, Limoges (with Sandra Cronhamn and Elnur Aliyev) (oral presentation), June 4-7, 2018.



·       “The typological profile of Tocharian: the complexity underlying a quantitative, mass-based study of morphosyntactic patterns”, Deutsche Orientalistentagung DOT 33, September 18-22, 2017, Jena.

·       “Contrasting models of morphosyntactic reconstruction. A comparison of results of comparative-historical and phylogenetic methods for the Indo-European family”, Societas Linguistica Europea, Zurich (with Chundra Cathcart) (oral presentation), September 10-13, 2017.



·       “Can culture vocabularies replace or supplement basic vocabulary lists for measuring linguistic diversity? A study on the Indo-European and Tupí language families”, Societas Linguistica Europea, September, University of Naples, August 31-September 3, 2016 (with Chundra Cathcart) (poster).

·       “Scandoromani, Kale, and Swedish Kelderash. Lexical and typological changes during 500 years on Scandinavian soil”, International Conference on Romani Studies, Södertörn University, September 14-16, 2016.

·       “Gender and agreement in Scandoromani”, 2016 Nordic Conference on Romani Studies, Södertörn University, April 15, 2016 (with Briana van Epps).



·       “Culture vocabularies in relation to cultural artifacts and practices. Indo-European linguistics and archaeology from the viewpoint of subsistence taxonomy”, conference: XV Nordic TAG 2015, Copenhagen University, April 16-18, 2015.

·       “Testing the Indo-Hittite-(Tocharian) hypothesis against various types of data sets: sound change, basic vocabulary, cultural vocabulary, and grammatical typology”, The Precursors of Indo-European. The Indo-Hittite and Indo-Uralic Hypotheses, Leiden University, Leiden, July 9-11, 2015 (Gerd Carling, Sandra Cronhamn, Rob Farren, Arthur Holmer, Filip Larsson, Niklas Johansson, Joost van de Weijer).




·       “Calibrating typological and lexical diversity: Eurasia and Amazonia compared”, SLE 2014 – 47th Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europea, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, September 10-15, 2014 (Gerd Carling, Sandra Cronhamn, Rob Farren, Anne Goergens, Arthur Holmer, Filip Larsson, Niklas Johansson, Joost van de Weijer).

·       “Paralelismos no desenvolvimento histórico do Gerúndio no Indo-Europeu em Tupí”, Workshop Nominalization in the Languages of the Americas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Lima, 28-30th August 2014 (with Ana Suelly Arruda Câmara Cabral) (co-author).

·       “Modelling sound change in relation to time-depth and geography: a case study on the Indo-European and Tupían language families”. Sound Change in Interacting Human Systems 3rd Biennial Workshop on Sound Change, University of California, Berkeley, May 28-31, 2014 (with Sandra Cronhamn, Niklas Johansson, Joost vand de Weijer) (oral presentation).



·       “Digitizing the Space-Time Model: a Western Eurasian Case Study”, Workshop Talking Neolithic: The Indo-European Homeland Problem versus the Origin(s) of the First European Farmers, MPI Leipzig, December 2-3, 2013 (with Anne Goergens, Arthur Holmer, Filip Larsson, Karina Vamling, Joost van de Weijer).

·       “Is the absence of linguistic space-time mapping correlated with small number systems and the absence of calendric systems? A study of Amazonian languages”, 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, University of Alberta, June 23-28, 2013 (with Chris Sinha, Sandra Cronhamn).



·       “The dispersal of cultural and linguistic features and their relationship to each other: how quantitative and multi-methodological techniques might open new windows to the past”, workshop: Beyond phylogeny, 45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europea, 29 August-1 September 2012, Stockholm University.

·       “Organizing the outsiders – the Indo-European lexicon of iconicity”, Conference Etymology and the European Lexicon, 14th Fachtagung of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft, University of Copenhagen, September 17-22, 2012 (with Niklas Johansson).

·       “Non-arbitrariness in language change”, Conference Language, Culture and Mind V, University of Lisbon, June 27-29, 2012 (with Niklas Johansson).



·       “Structural typology and the role of historical linguistics - towards a synthesis”, conference: Alexander von Humboldt-Symposium: Historical-Comparative Linguistics in the 21st Century, Pavia University, September 23-25, 2011.

·       “The emergence and decay of iconicity in language”, Conference 20th Linguistic Days in Prague, Gesellschaft für Sprache und Sprachen, Metropolitan University Prague, May 26, 2011.

·       “The methodology of using standardized database information (e.g., GIS, Neighbournet) in the reconstruction of ethnolinguistic prehistory: a case in Amazonia”, Workshop Comparing Approaches to Measuring Linguistic Differences, Gothenburg University, 24-25 October 2011 (with Arthur Holmer & Love Eriksen).



·       “The Making of a Tocharian A Dictionary”, symposium: Die Erforschung des Tocharischen und die Alttürkische Maitrisimit, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, April 2-3, 2008.

·       “The situation of emancipation of Swedish Romani”, conference: Language Emancipation of Historical Minorities, Langues et civilizations à tradition orale (UMR 107), CNRS/Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, October 24, 2008.


·       “From Indo-European to Tocharian: Transitivity and the Causative system”, workshop: Diachronic Typology of Voice and Valency-changing Categories, Conference Structure and Context, Linguistic Association of Finland, University of Turku, August 22, 2006.

·       “The reading of Tocharian medical manuscripts”, symposium: Medicine on the Silk Roads: Transmissions and Transformations, Wellcome Trust Centre for History and Medicine at UCL/ British Library/ Warburg Institute, London, January 9, 2006.

·       “Interplay between lexical transitivity, morphology, and argument structure: The Tocharian system”, Conference Arbeitstagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft 2006: Struktur und Semantik der Verbalphrase, University of Jena, March 4, 2006.


·       “Reconsidering the system: verbal categorization and the marking of the third argument in Tocharian”, XVIth International Conference of Historical Linguistics, Copenhagen University, August 13, 2003.


·       “Zur Funktion der tocharischen Lokalkasus. Ausdrücke der Lokalisierung und Bewegung” [Functions of the Tocharian local cases. Expressions of location and motion], Conference Arbeitstagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft 1999: Indogermanische Syntax, Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, October 2, 1999.












Invited talks at international conferences, workshops, symposia (no peer-review)

·       “How grammar coevolves with culture: the case of noun categorization”, conference: Grammar in Focus, Lund University, February 10-11, 2022.

·       “Gender in Tocharian A and B”, online symposium: Tocharian in progress, Leiden University, December 8, 2020.

·       Coding gender in lexical databases. Indo-European basic vocabulary in the Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistic (DiACL) resource, Online workshop: Building New Resources for Historical Linguistics, University of Pavia, November 3, 2020.

·       “A Dictionary and Thesaurus of Tocharian A”, conference: Recent Advances in Tocharian Philology and Linguistics, Vienna University, October 25-27, 2019.

·       “Frequency, marking hierarchies, salience, iconicity, colexification, and semantic change tendencies: do suggested universal patterns impede or accelerate language change?”, workshop: Lectures on linguistics and language technology, Uppsala University, March 8, 2019.

·       “The cultural component of grammar: an overview of gender assignment patterns in Indo-European languages”, conference: Grammar in Focus, Lund University, February 7-8, 2019.

·       “The complex dynamics of grammar change: a Eurasian outline”, conference: Grammar in Focus, Lund University, February 8-9, 2018.

·       “Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistics”, workshop: Comparative Language Databases, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, December 6, 2016.

·       “Romani Studies in Europe”, conference: Swedish Minority Languages in a European Context, Lund University, May 3, 2016.

·       “Project: LUNDIC”, symposium: Lund International GIS day, Lund University, November 18, 2015.

·       “How to get all information in one place: Thoughts on the integration of e-dictionaries and text corpora in databases of lesser-known or extinct languages”. workshop: François-Marie de Tours and the European Discovery of ‘Hindi’, Uppsala University, 3-5 juni, 2014.

·     “Non-canonical core case marking in Tocharian – an overview”, workshop: Case, Argument and Clause Structure in Indo-European, Ghent University, May 5-6, 2014.

·     “Tocharian typology, again. A look at structures of Tocharian nominal and verbal systems in the light of inheritance, areal influence and internal typological pressure”, conference: Tocharian Texts in Context. International Conference on Tocharian Manuscripts and Silk Road Culture, Vienna University, June 25-29, 2013 (with Anne Goergens).

·       “The decline of Indo-European in Central Asia: the cultural and linguistic collapse of Tocharian”, conference: Decline vs. Collapse: Trans-historic perspectives on the Eastern Mediterranean, Gothenburg University, April 17-18, 2012.

·       “Ett språk eller många? Svårigheter och möjligheter för romani chib” [One language or many? Problems and Possibilities for Romani chib], symposium: Förutsättningar för språkliga rättigheter [Preconditions for language rights], Department of Human Rights Studies, Lund University, December 9, 2011.

·       “Swedish Romani - Integration and Variation”, symposium: Mixed Romani Dialects, Linköping University, January 28-29, 2010.

·       “Romani - ett halvt millenium i marginalen” [Romani - 500 years in the margin], symposium: Romer i Fokus [Focus: Roma], Department of Human Rights Studies, Association of Foreign Affairs, Lund University, December 10, 2010.

·       “A Dictionary and Short Grammar of Swedish Romani”, conference: A Language without Borders. An International Romani Language Conference, Uppsala University, January 9, 2007.

·       “Minority languages and the Silk Road: trade, religion, and linguistic exchange”, workshop: Special Forum on Language and Culture, Mahidol University, Bangkok, November 3, 2006, and Linguistic Symposium, Institute of Linguistics, VASS II, Hanoi University, November 6, 2006.

·       “Lexical and derived transitivity in Tocharian A and Tocharian B”, colloquium: Language Typology in a Diachronical Perspective, Gothenburg University, November 19, 2004.

·       “Omvänd ordföljd i tokhariskan: areal påverkan eller bara metrisk akrobatik?” [Reverse word order in Tocharian – areal influence or metrical acrobatics?], symposium: Komparativ sprogforskning på vej [Comparative linguistics on the way], Copenhagen University, October 20, 2003.

·       “Indoeuropeer i Centralasien: historia och förhistoria” [Indo-Europeans in Central Asia: history and pre-history], symposium: Indoeuropæerne, sproget og forhistorien [The Indo-Europeans, Language and Pre-history], Copenhagen University, March 9, 2002.

·       “Utvecklingen av tokhariskans kasusparadigm” [The evolution of the Tocharian case paradigm], symposium: Komparativ språkforskning på vej [Comparative linguistics on the way], Copenhagen University, May 19, 2000.

Invited guest lectures

·       “Reconstructing the evolution of Indo-European grammar”, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, October 18, 2021.

·       “Reconstructing the evolution of Indo-European grammar”, Webinar of Linguistic Society of America, October 15, 2021.

·       Gender stability in Nakh-Dagestanian languages (with Jesse Wichers Schreur & Kate Bellamy), Webinar at LACIM - European research network on linguistics and languages of the Anatolia-Caucasus-Iran-Mesopotamia area, Paris, March 8, 2021.

·       “Morphosyntactic reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European: arguments from a Bayesian evolutionary angle”, Department of General and comparative linguistics, University of Göttingen, December 4, 2018.

·       “The lexicostatistical dilemma: Is there a way out of the ‘measure-by-substitution’-method for lexical data?”, Department of General and comparative linguistics, University of Zürich, October 20, 2017.

·       “To reconstruct morphosyntactic evolution by ancient data: an overview of advantages and obstacles”, Department of General and comparative linguistics, University of Zürich, October 19, 2017.

·       “To quantify and analyze historical linguistic data – without losing control”, Språkhistoriska seminariet, Stockholms universitet, November 29, 2016.

·       “Scandoromani and Kale: history, structure, internal relations and revitalization”, Södertörn University, Stockholm, October 2, 2015.

·       “Implementing the matrix model: contrasting linguistic and archaeological data by means of GIS and cluster analysis in Greater Amazonia”, Centre for Bible and Cultural Memory, Copenhagen University, November 15, 2011.

·       “Vad kom först, sången eller talet? Musik och språk ur ett kulturevolutionärt perspektiv” [What came first, singing or talking? Music and language from the perspective of cultural evolution], Department of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, February 10, 2010.

·       “Svensk romani - variation och språkblandning” [Swedish Romani - variation and mixing], Department of Swedish, Gothenburg University, May 21, 2010.

·       “Romani in Sweden”, International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Malmö University, February 12, 2009.

·       “Romernas språk i Skandinavien” [The language of the Roma in Scandinavia], Södertörn University, September 26, 2007.

·       “Språklig integration i svensk romani” [Linguistic integration in Swedish Romani], Deparment of Culture and Communication, Linköping University, October 17, 2007.

·       “Aktiv ordbildning i svensk romani” [Active word formation in Swedish Romani], Inaugural lectures, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, September 1, 2004.

·       “Tokhariska – information om ett lexikonprojekt”, [Tocharian – information about a dictionary project], Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, March 2005.

·       “Svensk romani och romani i svenskan” [Swedish Romani and Romani in Swedish], Dictionary of the Swedish Academy, Lund, December 3, 2003.

·       “Tokhariska – språk och kultur” [Tocharian – language and culture], Forum for Central Asian Studies (FOCAS), Department of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University November 1998.