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Postdoctoral researcher




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I am a postdoctoral researcher in linguistics at the DDL specialising in historical linguistics and typology, particularly using quantitative and phylogenetic methods. I completed my PhD in 2021 at the Ancient Language Lab, University of Queensland, evaluating a novel method of phylogenetic tree inference, combining phonotactic data from Pama-Nyungan languages with more traditional lexical cognate data. I am currently affiliated with the EVOGRAM project (Marc Allassonnière-Tang, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle), investigating the evolutionary dynamics of nominal classification systems, and the OzSpace project (Bill Palmer, University of Newcastle), where I am developing a comparative database of linguistic spatial reference systems in Australian languages.





Professional background

  • 2021 – Present: Postdoctoral researcher. Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage (DDL), CNRS / University of Lyon 2.



PhDs and master thesis

Macklin-Cordes, J., 2021, "Phonotactics in historical linguistics: Quantitative interrogation of a novel data source", PhD thesis, School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland, 225, 225 p. (https://doi.org/10.14264/9d9e8be)


Macklin-Cordes, J. & Round, E., 2022, "Challenges of sampling and how phylogenetic comparative methods help: With a case study of the Pama-Nyungan laminal contrast", Linguistic Typology, Advance online publication


Macklin-Cordes, J., Bowern, C. & Round, E., 2021, "Phylogenetic signal in phonotactics", Diachronica, 38:2, pp. 210–258 (https://doi.org/10.1075/dia.20004.mac)


Macklin-Cordes, J. & Round, E., 2020, "Re-evaluating phoneme frequencies", Frontiers in Psychology, 11:570895, pp. 1–17 (https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.570895)

Conferences with proceedings

Round, E., Macklin-Cordes, J., Ellison, M. & Beniamine, S., 2020, "Automated parsing of interlinear glossed text from page images of grammatical descriptions"Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Marseille, France, 11/05/2020, pp. 2878‑2883 (Full text)


Macklin-Cordes, J. & Round, E., 2015, "High-definition phonotactics reflect linguistic pasts"Proceedings of the 6th Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics Conference, University of Tübingen, Germany, 04/11/2015, Wahle, J., Kollner, M., Baayen, H., Jäger, G. & Baayen-Oudshoorn, T. (eds) ( https://doi.org/10.15496/publikation-8609)

Invited presentations

Browne, M., Cook, J., Hamilton-Holloway, A. & Macklin-Cordes, J., 2022, "Constituent order in subordinate clauses: A comparison of Mudburra, Warlmanpa, and Warriyangga/Thiinma", UWA Linguistics Seminar Series, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 12/08/2022


Macklin-Cordes, J. & Round, E., 2021, "Phylogenetic comparative methods: What all the fuss is about, and how to use them in everyday research", LADAL Opening Webinar Series, The University of Queensland, Australia, 04/11/2021 (Event page, YouTube recording)

Conference presentations

Browne, M., Cook, J., Hamilton-Holloway, A. & Macklin-Cordes, J., 2022, "Constituent order in subordinate clauses: A comparison of Mudburra, Warlmanpa and Warriyangga/Thiinma", Australian Languages Workshop, University of Queensland Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island, Australia, 09/07/2022


Macklin-Cordes, J., 2022, "Incorporating typological features in tree inference: Lessons from phonotactics", International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL25), Oxford University, Oxford, UK, 02/08/2022 (Abstract)


Macklin-Cordes, J. & Round, E., 2022, "Phylogenetic comparative methods in everyday typology", 55th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE2022), University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 27/08/2022 (Abstract)


Macklin-Cordes, J., 2021, "Unstable trees: The challenge of frequency and phonology in phylogenetics", The 5th Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 06/12/2021 (Abstract, Zoom recording)


Macklin-Cordes, J., 2021, "Trials and tribulations of tree inference: The challenge of phonotactics in phylogenetics and why it matters", Australian Linguistic Society Annual Conference, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 08/12/2021


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