This is the schedule of the 3rd Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference. Commonly referred to as a “West Coast Indo-European Conference” (WeCIEC), this installment took place on May 23–25, 1991 at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Day 1: Thursday, May 23, 1991

1:15–1:30 PM

Opening Remarks by Hartmut Scharfe (UCLA)

Panel I, chaired by Angela Della Volpe (UCLA)

  • 1:30–2:00 PM

    Lynn E. Roller

    University of California, Davis

    An Indo-European Cultural Signature: the Case of Phrygia

  • 2:00–2:30 PM

    Nancy Rose

    Hampden-Sydney College

    The name of the bear, or a bear by any other name: Semantic interlace in terms for plants and animals

2:30–3:00 PM


Featured Speaker, introduced by Karlene Jones-Bley (UCLA)

  • 3:00–3:45 PM

    Marija Gimbutas


    The Indo-Europeanization of Europe, 4500-2500 B.C.

3:45–4:00 PM


Panel II, chaired by Georgios Giannakis (UCLA)

  • 4:00–4:30 PM

    Sheila Embleton, Raimo Anttila

    York University, UCLA

    Place names in Finland: Settlement history, sociolinguistics, and the Finnish/Swedish language boundary

  • 4:30–5:00 PM

    Heidi Waltz


    PGmc plain C-stems: a case study


Day 2: Friday, May 24, 1991

Panel III, chaired by Sheila Embleton (UCLA)

  • 9:30–10:00 AM

    Mark Southern

    Princeton University

    The wandering *s: the problem of the *s-mobile in IE

  • 10:00–10:30 AM

    Jules Levin

    University of California, Riverside

    Jod as a sign in Lithuanian

10:30–10:45 AM


Panel IV, chaired by Henning Andersen (UCLA)

  • 10:45–11:15 AM

    Chris Stevens


    The use and abuse of typology in comparative linguistics: an update on the controversy

  • 11:15–11:45 AM

    Henrik Birnbaum


    PIE — the outcome of divergence and/or convergence? Thoughts on Trubetzkoy’s “Thoughts”

11:45–1:30 PM

Lunch Break

Featured Speaker, introduced by Jaan Puhvel (UCLA)

  • 1:30–2:15 PM

    H. Craig Melchert

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    On the so-called “historical present” in Hittite

2:15–2:30 PM


Panel V, chaired by Patrick McReynolds (UCLA)

  • 2:30–3:00 PM

    Jaan Puhvel


    The origin of Gothic ulbandus ‘camel’

  • 3:00–3:30 PM

    Alan Libert

    McGill University

    On the semantic content of the genitive case

7:00–? PM


Day 3: Saturday, May 25, 1991

Panel VI, chaired by John Kossman (UCLA)

  • 9:30–10:00 AM

    Mark Stefanovich


    The social context of Indo-European: discordant illusions, reconcilement, and new directions

  • 10:00–10:30 AM

    Adrian Poruciuc

    University of Chicago

    The etymology of Dacian –dava/-deva in connection with the toponymic family of Tabai, Thebai, Tapae and with the Paleobalkan phonology

10:30–10:45 AM


Featured Speaker, introduced by Henrik Birnbaum (UCLA)

  • 10:45–11:30 AM

    Vyacheslav V. Ivanov

    USSR Academy of Sciences

    Traces of the PIE ergative in Luwian, Tocharian, and other dialects

11:30–1:00 PM

Lunch Break

Panel VII, chaired by Heidi Waltz (UCLA)

  • 1:00–1:30 PM

    John Kearns


    Lydian d and the fate of Indo-European voiced obstruents in Anatolian

  • 1:30–2:00 PM

    Martin Huld

    California State University, Los Angeles

    The terms for ‘wine’ and Indo-European Philology

2:00–2:15 PM


Featured Speaker, introduced by Hanns-Peter Schmidt (UCLA)

  • 2:15–3:00 PM

    Michael Witzel

    Harvard University

    Post-Rigvedic Dialects

3:00–3:15 PM


Panel VIII, chaired by Mona D. Merideth (UCLA)

  • 3:15–3:45 PM

    Patrick McReynolds


    The emanation of the primal Twin-man

  • 3:45–4:15 PM

    George Thompson

    University of California, Berkeley

    On the Vedic Brahmodya: riddles and enigmas

4:15–4:30 PM

Closing Remarks by Raimo Anttila (UCLA)