Johann-Mattis List


I am a post-doctoral research fellow pursuing an interdisciplinary research project on Vertical and Lateral Aspects of Chinese Dialect History at the Centre des Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale (CRLAO) and the Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine (Team Adaptation, Integration, Reticulatin, Evolution), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In this project, I try to use network methods originally designed for applications in evolutionary biology to get new insights into the history of the Chinese dialects. In my research, I generally follow a data-driven, empirical, and quantitative perspective on language change and language history. In contrast to pure computational approaches, however, I try to keep my research closely connected to traditional historical linguistics and theory, following a computer-assisted rather than a computer-based framework of quantitative research in historical linguistics.