Conference Program


The Twenty-Ninth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference will be held on Friday-Saturday November 3-4, 2017, on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. Invited speakers are Petra Goedegebuure of the University of Chicago and the Oriential Institute and Daniel Petit of the École Normale Supérieure and École Pratique des Hautes Études.


Revised abstracts will be posted on October 1, 2017.



Preliminary Program


A list of conference speakers and (provisional) titles is presented below. Speakers are strongly encouraged to submit a revised abstract (in PDF form) by 1 October  2017 for publication on line; for instructions on submitting a revised abstract, click here. The complete program, including abstracts for all presenters, will be posted here after October 1.


Peter J. Barber, University of Oxford

Asymmetry, Neutralisation and Analogical Change in Ancient Greek

Phillip Barnett and Andrew Miles Byrd, University of Kentucky

A Markedly Different Solution: Perceptual Confusability Explains the Rarity of PIE */b/

Gasper Begus, Harvard University

The ruki-rule in Vedic

Michele Bianconi, University of Oxford

The 'Ionic Preterites' and Hittite revisited

Francesco Burroni, Cornell University

Stressing the evidence: An OT account of Tocharian B stress

Joseph F. Eska, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Celto-Germanic lexis in light of Laryngeal Realism

Benjamin W. Fortson IV, University of Michigan

The Greek 2nd singular s-aorist imperative -σον

Riccardo Ginevra, Università per Stranieri di Siena/Universität zu Köln

The Wife of Fire and the Lover of the Waters: the Old Norse theonym Sígyn 'she of the pouring', Vedic °sécanī- 'pouring, pouring ladle' and Celtic Sēquanā

Petra Goedegebuure, University of Chicago/Oriential Institute


Dieter Gunkel, University of Richmond

Indo-Iranian *áru̯ant-

Ryan Hearn, Cornell University

Syntactic headedness in Tocharian

Stefan Höfler, University of Vienna/Harvard University

A Look over Lat. umerus

Ian Hollenbaugh, UCLA

The morphological Aorist as a semantic perfect: Evidence of the R̥gveda and Homer and its implications for PIE

Jared S. Klein, University of Georgia

Semantics and Discourse: On Adversative Conjunction in Gothic

Laura Massetti, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University

Another avatar of Mātariśvan? On the Hesychian gloss ῎Ιθας, ῎Ιθαξ (ι 387 L.)

Andrew Merritt, Cornell University

Origin of the Greek Aorist Passive in -η-

Thomas Motter, UCLA

The structure of relative clauses in early Germanic

Thomas Olander, University of Copenhagen

Connecting the dots: The Indo-European family tree as a heuristic device

Teigo Onishi, UCLA

Latin hībernus and the development of word-internal *-mr- in Latin

Daniel Petit, École Normale Supérieure/École Pratique des Hautes Études

Accentual mobility in Lithuanian and its implication for PIE

Julia Sturm, Harvard University

Prothetic /h/ Before Word-Initial /u/ in Attic: A Word-Initial Constraint

Lucien van Beek, Leiden University

Dialectal or artificial forms in epic Greek? The alleged Aeolism ἐσσί 'thou art'

Anthony Yates, UCLA

Hittite r/n-stems and "proterokinesis" as epiphenomenon



The Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference is made possible through the generosity and efforts of: