Conference Program


The Thirty-First Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference will be held on Friday-Saturday November 8-9, 2019, in Royce Hall 314 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. Invited speakers are Ashwini Deo of the Ohio State University and James Clackson of the University of Cambridge.


Revised abstracts will be posted on October 1, 2019.



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  2019 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.


Miyu Akao, École Pratique des Hautes Études

Internal and External Factors Behind the Development of Tocharian Secondary Cases

Milena Anfosso, Sorbonne University, Paris

The Phrygians from Βρίγες to Φρύγες: Herodotus 7.73, or the Linguistic Problems of a Migration

Roberto Batisti, Università di Bologna

On the Derivation of Greek Αἰθίοψ and Αἴσωπος from a PIE Perspective

James Clackson, University of Cambridge


John Clayton, UCLA

Rhinoglottophilia in Avestan: Explaining Younger Avestan *h > ŋh

Paola Crisma, Università di Trieste; Cristina Guardiano, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia; Giuseppe Longobardi, University of York

Formal Grammar and Historical Data

Jessica DeLisi, Milken Community Schools

Vowel Length in Classical Latin: The Case of VNS

Ashwini Deo, Ohio State University


Joseph F. Eska, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Remarks on Brittonic Spirantisation under Laryngeal Realism

Petra Goedegebuure, University of Chicago/Oriental Institute

The Fat and the Furious — Word Play in Hittite

Hans Henrich Hock, University of Illinois

An Intermediate Pitch Accent Level in Vedic?

Ian Hollenbaugh, UCLA

Inceptives in Ancient Greek

Joshua T. Katz, Princeton University

How Did the Rigveda Begin?

Ronald I. Kim, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań/Charles University, Prague

PIE Verbal Roots of the Shape *CeH- in Old Armenian

Jared S. Klein, University of Georgia

On Sentential Nexus in Old Church Slavic

John J. Lowe, Adriana Molina-Mũnoz, and Antonia Ruppel, University of Oxford

Sanskrit Passive Causatives

Laura Massetti, University of Copenhagen

'Hermes and Hestia' Revisited

Thomas Motter, UCLA

Hittite Correlative Relative Clauses are Hanging Topics

Domenico Giuseppe Muscianisi, Harvard University/Center for Hellenic Studies

The Welcoming Right Hand of Zeus: A New Epithet from Archaic Thera

Teigo Onishi, UCLA

Vestinian deias, Paelignian des, deti, and the North-Oscan *w-Deletion Rule

Tao Pan, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

How Agglutinative is the Tocharian Nominal System?

Joseph Rhyne, Cornell University

Contrasts in Case Usage under Negation in Old Church Slavonic

Jade J. Sandstedt, Humboldt University of Berlin

Novel Methods for Recovering Contrasts and Mergers in Old Norse Manuscripts

Aurelijus Vijūnas, National Kaohsiung Normal University

Studies in Old English Historical Morphology: Paradigmatic Splits in the Evolution of the Verb *ƀūja- 'dwell'

Anthony D. Yates, UCLA

The Word-Prosody of Proto-Indo-European *–mon-Stems and their Implications for (Internal) Derivation




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