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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
  Scientific activities
  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.

 

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES


 

Co-organisation of the Atelier HELAN2 (seminar series on the history and ecology of languages)

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT


 

Linguistic Phylogenetics of Tupí-Guaraní: Integrating Morphology and Lexicon. - project in collaboration with Françoise Rose (DDL) and Lev Michael (UC Berkeley)

 

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


 

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)

 

Internal classification of the Tukanoan languages using phylogenetic methods. - in collaboration with Lev Michael (UC Berkeley) and Thiago Chacon (Universidade de Brasília)

 

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
 

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)  (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"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 (pdf)


Conference presentations
 

Michael, L., Chousou-Polydouri, N., O'Hagan, Z., Bartolomei, K., Sellis, D., Clem, E. & Donnelly, E., 2015, "A Bayesian Phylogenetic Classification of the Tupí-Guaraní Family.", Linguistic Society of America, Annual Meeting, Portland, USA, January 10


 

Gasparini, N., Danielsen, S., Chousou-Polydouri, N., O'Hagan, Z., Bartolomei, K. & Michael, L., 2015, "Southern Tupí-Guaraní Languages: Combining classification with areal linguistics", The 18th Annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages, Santa Barbara, 18 mai 2015  (diapos)


 

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


 

Meira, S., Birchall, J. & Chousou-Polydouri, N., 2015, "A character-based internal classification of the Cariban language family.", Societas Linguistica Europaea 2015, 48th Annual Meeting, Leiden University, the Netherlands, 4 September 2015


 

Chousou-Polydouri, N., O'Hagan, Z., Bartolomei, K., Donnelly, E. & Michael, L., 2014, "An Internal Classification of Tupí-Guaraní Using Computational Phylogenetic Methods", AMAZONICAS V, Belém, Brazil, May 28


 

O'Hagan, Z., Chousou-Polydouri, N., Bartolomei, K., Donnelly, E. & Michael, L., 2014, "The Geographical Spread of the Tupí-Guaraní Family: Evidence from Computational Phylogenetics.", AMAZONICAS V, Belém, Brazil, May 28


 

Chousou-Polydouri, N., Wauters, V., O'Hagan, Z., Bartolomei, K. & Μichael, L., 2013, "A phylogenetic approach to the study of the Tupí-Guaraní language family. ", 16th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 26-27 April 2013




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