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Christian Bentz studied Germanistics, Economics, and Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg, and has a Master in English and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. He wrote his PhD thesis on Computation, Cognition, and Language at the University of Cambridge. He currently has positions with the Center for Advanced Studies and the Department of General Linguistics as member of the EVOLAEMP project. His research interests include language evolution,language change, complex systems, and information theory.

Positions
2015-2017 University of Tübingen
Postdoc, Words and Bones and EVOLAEMP projects
Education
2012-2105 University of Cambridge
PhD in Computation, Cognition and Language
2011-2012University of Cambridge
MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics
2004-2010Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg
Magister Artium in Germanistics, Economics and Philosophy
Journal
SubmittedFerrer-i-Cancho, R., Bentz, C., and Seguin, C.
Compression and the origins of Zipf’s law of abbreviation. Link
2017
Bentz, C., Alikaniotis, D., Samardžić, T. and Buttery, P.
Bentz, C., Alikaniotis, D., Samardžić, T. and Buttery, P. 2017. Variation in word frequency distributions: Definitions, measures and implications for a corpus-based language typology.
2015
Bentz, C., Verkerk, A., Kiela, D., Hill, F. and Buttery, P. (2015).
Adaptive communication: Languages with more non-native speakers tend to have fewer word forms. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128254. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128254
2014
Bentz, C., Kiela, D., Hill, F. and Buttery, P. (2014). Zipf’s law and the grammar of languages: A quantitative study of Old and Modern English parallel texts. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 10 (2), 175-211.
Hill, F., Korhonen, A. and Bentz, C. (2014). A quantitative empirical analysis of the abstract/concrete distinction. Cognitive Science 38, 162-177.
2013
Bentz, C. and Winter, B. (2013). Languages with more second language learners tend to lose nominal case. Language Dynamics and Change 3, 1-27.
Dataset R script
Book Chapters
Bentz, C. (2013). Zipf’s law and the grammar of languages. Synthetic and analytic encoding strategies across languages of the world. Language Sciences in the 21st century, Cambridge (3-4 October).
2014
Bentz, C. and Winter, B. (2014). Languages with more second language learners tend to lose nominal case . In: Quantifying Language Dynamics: On the Cutting Edge of Areal and Phylogenetic Linguistics, ed. S. Wichmann and J. Good. Leiden: Brill.
2013
Bentz, C. and Christiansen, M. H. (2013). Linguistic Adaptation:The trade-off between case marking and fixed word orders in Germanic and Romance languages . In: Eastward flows the great river. Festschrift in honor of Prof. William S-Y. Wang on his 80th birthday, ed. Feng Shi and Gang Peng. City University of Hong Kong Press, 48-56.
Proceedings
SubmittedCaines, A., Bentz, C., Graham, C., Polzehl, T. and Buttery, P. (submitted) Crowdsourcing a multi-lingual speech corpus: recording, transcription, and natural language processing.
2014
Bentz, C., Buttery, P. (2014). Towards a computational model of grammaticalization and lexical diversity.CogACLL: Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning at the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL), Gothenburg, Sweden.
Bentz, C., Kiela, D. (2014). Zipf’s law across languages of the world: Towards a quantitative measure of lexical diversity. In: Cartmill, E. A., Lyn, H., Roberts, S., and Cornish, H. (Eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference Evolang 10, Vienna 2014. World Scientific.
Bentz, C. (2014). What’s next? (possible) agenda for evolutionary linguistics after Evolang9. To appear in: Evolang student volume.
2013
Bentz, C. (2013). Beyond rule versus rote? Processing of distinctive dative and genitive case markers in German. CogSci 2013, The annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
Hill, F., Korhonen, A. and Bentz, C. (2013). Large-scale empirical analyses of the abstract/concrete distinction. CogSci 2013, The annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
2012
Bentz, C. and Winter, B. (2012). The impact of L2 speakers on the evolution of case marking. In: Scott-Phillips, T. C., Tamariz, M., Cartmill, E. A., and Hurford, J. R. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (pp. 58-63). New Jersey: World Scientific.
2010
Bentz, C. and Christiansen, M. H. (2010). Linguistic adaptation at work? The change of word order and case system from Latin to the Romance languages. In: A. Smith, M. Schouwstra, B. de Boer and K. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the Eight International Conference on the Evolution of Language (pp. 26-33). London: World Scientific Publishing.
Invited Talks
2015
Bentz, C. (2015). The impact of non-native speakers on word forms and (potentially) word order.Massachusetts Institute of Technology, TedLab talks, February 2015.
2014
Bentz, C. (2014). Towards measuring and modelling the (potential) impact of non-native speakers on language structures. University of Zurich, Linguistisches Kolloquium , December 2014.
Bentz, C. (2014). Measuring and modelling the impact of non-native speakers on morphological productivity. University of Manchester, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Langwidge Sandwidge, October 2014.
2013
Bentz, C. (2013). Zipf’s law and the grammar of languages: A (potential) cross-linguistic measure of syntheticity.NLIP seminar series, Computer Laboratory, Cambridge University.
Conference Talks
2015
Bentz, C. and Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2015). Zipf’s law of abbreviation as an absolute linguistic universal.Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics. Lorentz Center Workshop, Leiden, October 2015.
Bentz, C. (2015). Causality in historical language change. Causality in the language sciences. Workshop by the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, April 2015.
2014
Bentz, C. (2014). Measuring and modelling lexical diversity across languages. 5th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference (Lancaster, UK), July 2014.
Bentz, C. and Buttery, P. (2014). Towards a computational model of grammaticalization and lexical diversity. CogACLL Workshop at the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Gothenburg), May 2014.
Bentz, C. and Kiela, D. (2014). Zipf’s law across languages of the world: Towards a cross-linguistic measure of lexical diversity. Evolang 10 (Vienna), April 2014.
Bentz, C. (2014). Adaptive languages: Modeling lexical diversity cross-linguistically. Workshop in Computational Linguistics.Cambridge University, February 2014.
2013
Bentz, C. (2013). Beyond rule versus rote? Processing of distinctive genitive and dative case markers in German. 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.Humboldt University Berlin, August 2013.
Bentz, C. (2013). Measuring morphological productivity in synchronic and diachronic corpora. English Profile meeting. The Cass Center, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
2012
Bentz, C. (2012). What frequency distributions of words in parallel texts might tell us about the grammatical structures of languages. 7th Newcastle-upon-Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics.
Bentz, C. and Winter, B. (2012). The impact of L2 speakers on the evolution of case marking. 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG9, Kyoto).
2010
2010Bentz, C. and Christiansen, M. H. (2010). Linguistic adaptation at work? The change of word order and case system from Latin to the Romance languages. 8th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG8, Utrecht).
Posters
2014
Bentz, C. (2014). Zipf’s law and the grammar of languages. Synthetic and analytic encoding strategies across languages of the world. Nijmegen Lectures at the MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (27-29 January).
2013
2013Bentz, C. (2013). Zipf’s law and the grammar of languages. Synthetic and analytic encoding strategies across languages of the world. Language Sciences in the 21st century, Cambridge (3-4 October).
 

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