Conference talks and seminars

Phylogenetic comparative methods in everyday typology

August 27, 2022

Talk, 55th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE2022), University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Macklin-Cordes, Jayden L. & Erich R. Round. 2022. Phylogenetic comparative methods in everyday typology. 55th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE2022). University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania. https://societaslinguistica.eu/sle2022/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/06/SLE_2022_abstract_115.pdf.

Incorporating typological features in tree inference: Lessons from phonotactics

August 02, 2022

Talk, International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL25), University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Macklin-Cordes, Jayden L. 2022. Incorporating typological features in tree inference: Lessons from phonotactics. International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL25). Oxford University, Oxford, UK. https://ichl.ling-phil.ox.ac.uk/abstracts/337.

Evaluating information loss from phonological dimensionality reduction

December 16, 2016

Talk, Speech Science and Technology (SST) satellite symposium: The role of predictability in shaping human language sound patterns, Western Sydney University, Australia

As in many sciences, cross-linguistic data is often complex and multi-dimensional. The PHOIBLE database of phonological inventories (Moran et al. 2014) is one example, containing 2160 distinct segments across 2155 phoneme inventories. Each segment type is defined by a unique vector of (mostly binary) distinctive phonetic and phonological features. This multivariate dataset can be modeled as a set of coordinates, where each variable (e.g. segment, its distinctive features, its presence in a language, the language’s genealogy and location) is an axis in high-dimensional space.