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Natalia CHOUSOU-POLYDOURI

I.E., Contractuelle CNRS

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nchousoupolydouri@gmail.com

Teams : HELAN2 


  Training and professional background
  Research interests
  Project management
  Awards and research grants
  Participation in research projects
  Teaching
  Main publications and conferences

TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


 

2007-2014: PhD in Environmental Science - University of California, Berkeley
Dissertation title: From Spiders to Languages: a phylogenetic journey.

 

2000-2005: Bachelor's Degree in Biology - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Thesis title: The Flora of Kastos Island, Ionian Sea, Greece

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


 

Comparative and historical linguistics

 

Application of phylogenetic methods in historical linguistics. Development of coding methods for lexical, phonological and morphosyntactic data.

 

Integration of historical linguistics with archaeological, ethnographic and genetic data.

 

Language families-subgroups: Tupí-Guaraní, Cariban.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT


 

Migration of the Tupí-Guaraní comparative lexical database on the RefLex platform. - in collaboration with Sebastien Flavier (DDL)

 

AWARDS AND RESEARCH GRANTS


 

2007- 2010: Scholarship for PhD studies in biological sciences from the Greek National Scholarships Foundation.

 

2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012: Walker Fund, Essig Museum of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley.

 

2009: Harvey J. Magy Scholarship in Entomology, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley.

 

2010: Robert L. Usinger Scholarship in Entomology, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley.

 

2014-present: LabEx ASLAN postdoctoral fellowship.

 

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS


 

Internal Classification of West Coastal Bantu using phylogenetic methods - in collaboration with Koen Bostoen and Sara Pacchiarotti (Ghent University, Belgium)

 

Evolution of genderlects in the Tupí family. - in collaboration with Françoise Rose (DDL).

 

Internal Classification of the Cariban languages using phylogenetic methods. - in collaboration with Sérgio Meira and Joshua Birchall (Museu Parense Goeldi)

 

TEACHING


 

2015: Course on phylogenetic methods as applied to historical linguistics covering distance methods, parsimony, maximum likelihood and Bayesian Inference (designed and taught).

 

MAIN PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
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PhDs and master thesis
 

Chousou-Polydouri, N., 2014, "From Spiders to Languages: a Phylogenetic Journey", PhD Thesis, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley


Journals
 

Pacchiarotti, S., Chousou-Polydouri, N. & Bostoen, K., in press, "Untangling the West-Coastal Bantu Mess: Identification, Geography and Phylogeny of the Bantu B50-80 Languages", Africana Linguistica, -


 

Michael, L., Chousou-Polydouri, N., Bartolomei, K., Donnelly, E., Wauters, V., Meira, S. & O'Hagan, Z., 2015, "A Bayesian Phylogenetic Classification of Tupí-Guaraní.", Liames, 15:2, pp. 193-221 (pdf)


Conferences with proceedings
 

Chousou-Polydouri, N., Birchall, J., Meira, S., O’Hagan, Z. & Michael, L., 2016, "A test of coding procedures for lexical data with Tupí-Guaraní and Chapacuran languages", proc. of Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics, Leiden, 26-30 October 2015, Bentz, C., Jäger, G. & Yanovich, I. (eds), University of Tübingen, online publication system, Proceedings of the Leiden Workshop on Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics (abstract) (pdf)


Conference presentations
 

Chousou-Polydouri, N., 2018, "Phylogeny and Spread of Amazonian languages: What phylogenetic methods can(not) tell us.", Comparative mythology, population genetics, linguistic phylogenetics, and cognitive patterns: Studies in the new science of cultural diffusion., Paris, December 12-13


 

Rose, F. & Chousou-Polydouri, N., 2017, "A comparative study of genderlects in the Tupi family", SSILA Annual Meeting, Austin, 6 janvier 2017  (slides)


 

Chousou-Polydouri, N., Birchall, J. & Meira, S., 2017, "A character-based internal classification of the Cariban language family.", The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Annual meeting, Austin, January 5-8


 

Chousou-Polydouri, N., Gasparini, N., Michael, L., O'Hagan, Z. & Rose, F., 2016, "Reconstructing Negation Morphemes and Constructions in the Tupí-Guaraní Family", Amazonicas VI, Leticia, Colombie, 24/04/2016


 

Chousou-Polydouri, N., Michael, L., O'Hagan, Z., Gasparini, N. & Rose, F., 2015, "Phylogenetic Analysis of Morphosyntactic Data. A case study of Negation in Tupí-Guaraní", Societas Linguistica Europeae, Leiden, 8 October 2015 (HAL)


 

Chousou-Polydouri, N., Birchall, J., Meira, S. & O’Hagan, Z., 2015, " A test of coding procedures with Tupi-Guaranian and Chapacuran languages.", Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics Workshop, Leiden, October 26-30




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