Proto-Indo-European Reconstruction: Problems, possibilities and new perspectives

1st-2nd October 2021
Faculty of Classics // Online
University of Cambridge

Registration now open!

You can find information about registration, as well as our programme on the Registration Page.


At (not quite) the beginning of a new decade, this conference aims to re-energise discussions surrounding the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European (PIE), the common ancestor of the Indo-European (IE) language family. We invite papers that tackle head-on the familiar challenges one faces in attempting linguistic reconstruction, and explain how we can overcome them with perhaps unfamiliar approaches.

We are delighted to be joined by two keynote speakers:

Prof Elisabeth Rieken (Phillips University of Marburg) will give a talk entitled “Beyond Hittite: Luwian in Proto-Anatolian and PIE reconstruction today.”

Prof Eugenio R. Luján (Complutense University of Madrid) will give a talk entitled “Structure or Chaos: Syntactic reconstruction and Proto-Indo-European.”


This conference is 100% online.

Call for papers (deadline has passed)

We invite papers on any aspect of PIE reconstruction, including—but not limited to—phonological, morphological and syntactic elements. Presentations can span from more data-focused analyses to broader, theoretical questions that push the boundaries of the methodologies we have employed so far. This broad spectrum of topics will allow different areas of research to be included, while maintaining a focus on the central importance of linguistic reconstruction in IE studies.

Papers will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion (30 mins total).

Please note that given the flexibility of our format, we are not accepting posters this time.

If you wish to present something at this conference, please submit an abstract of up to 500 words, (not including bibliography) in PDF to You will receive a response with a survey to complete; it is compulsory that you fill in this information.

If you submitted an abstract last year, you will automatically be considered for this year’s conference. You may submit a new abstract, which will replace the previous one (one abstract per participant or co-presenting team), or, if you wish, you can email us to withdraw your original submission.

The deadline for abstract submission is 31st March 2021.

Your abstract should also include your name, email and institutional affiliation (if any). We will aim to notify you of our decision within a month of the deadline.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Krishnan Ram-Prasad & Edoardo Chiattelli (organisers)

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