- SD: Great apes might be misunderstood
- SD: Did Neanderthals make jewelry after all?
- SD: Handedness & language-related disorders: gene discovery supports link
- SD: How the songbird's brain controls timing during singing
- SD: Bilingualism delays onset of Alzheimer's symptoms, study finds
- arXiv: Scientists decode birdsong
- SD: Newly identified brain pathways vital to understanding language
- PNAS: Songs of Darwin's finches diverge when a new species enters the community
- SD: Imitating someone's accent makes it easier to understand them
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
WORKSHOP DATES: 10–11 September 2011
CONFERENCE: SLE 44 (http://sle2011.cilap.es)
LOCATION: Logroño (La Rioja), Spain
CFP DEADLINE: 14 November 2010
Contact Person: Kleanthes Grohmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Biolinguistics is concerned with exploring the basic properties of the language faculty, how it matures in the individual, how it is put to use in thought and action (including communication), what brain circuits may implement it, and how it emerged in the human species. In asking these questions, biolinguists try to determine which components of the brain are unique to language, as opposed to shared with other cognitive domains such as music and mathematics, and especially those that also seem unique to humans. If, as seems reasonable to suppose, our linguistic capacity is both uniquely human and, in part, uniquely comprised of language-specific mechanisms, significant conceptual and empirical issues arise concerning its evolution, form, maturation, and function.
We encourage submissions of abstracts that touch on any of the issues listed above, or any other that contributes to our understanding of the biological foundations of the language faculty. Of special interest are contributions that bring biological considerations to bear on linguistic theorizing.
Advances in Biolinguistics is a workshop intended for the 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (http://sle2011.cilap.es). Since we will need to submit a proposal with a preliminary list of speakers by November 15, we need preliminary titles and mini-abstracts (3-5 sentences) from potentially interested participants. The deadline for these is Sunday, November 14, 2010. Please note that expressing an interest in participation by sending us a title and mini-abstract is not binding. The final deadline for regular abstracts, to be submitted via the conference site, is January 15, 2011. We will send interested participants a reminder about this, and we will of course also let them know, by mid-December, whether the workshop was accepted.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
- Nature: Twitter evolution: converging mechanisms in birdsong and human speech
- NYT: Understanding 'ba, ba, ba' as a key to development
- NYT: Hunting one language, stumbling upon another
- J of Neurosci: Linked control of syllable sequence and phonology in birdsong
- PLoS ONE: Rhesus monkeys do recognize themselves in the mirror
Friday, September 24, 2010
- NPR: Signing, singing, speaking: how language evolved
- NPR: From grunting to gabbing: why humans can talk
- NYT: Words cannot express (Derek Bickerton's review of Guy Deutscher, Through the Language Glass)
- BBC: Coping with foreign accent syndrome (includes video)
- NineMSN: Children develop own language in cave
- NYU: Video of Alec Marantz & Noam Chomsky: "Poverty of stimulus - unfinished business"
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
- NS: Size isn't everything: the big brain myth
- SD: 'Virtual mates' reveal role of romance in parrot calls
- SD: Humans imitate aspects of speech we see
- AAAS: A birdsong blast from the past
- NS: Play-acting orang-utans signal their desires
- BBC: Orangutans mime to get message across (with video)
- SD: Single neurons can detect sequences
- NS: The genetical evolution of chimp culture
- SD: Language as a window into sociability (Williams vs. autism)
- SD: Sign language speakers' hands, mouths operate separately
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
- SD: Our brains are more like birds' than we thought
- NYT: For male finches, range comes with muscle
- stuff.co.nz: New Zealand fish language recorded
- SD: Bilingualism associated with brain reorganization involving better efficiency in executive functions, research finds
- NS: 'Brain recycling' puts kids' writing in a twist
- SD: 'Magical thinking' about islands an illusion? Biologist refutes conventional thinking on evolution
- SD: Fireflies blink in synch to send a clear message
- BBC: Chatting chimps are 'socially aware'
- NS: Can you teach yourself synaesthesia?
- Nat Geo: Human brains 'evolve,' become less monkey-like with age
- SD: Autism has unique vocal signature, new technology reveals
- SD: Neurological process for the recognition of letters and numbers explained
- SD: Relatives of individuals with autism tend to display abnormal eye movements
Thursday, July 1, 2010
- SD: Songbirds learn their songs during sleep
- BBC: Singing 'rewires' damaged brain
- SD: Growing brain is particularly flexible: how the brain changes during growth
- NS: The ups and downs of speech that we all understand
- SD: Brain stimulation technique boosts language ability in Alzheimer's patients
- Rationally Speaking podcast: When smart people endorse pseudoscience (discussion of Fodor & Piatelli-Palmarini)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
- NYT: Exploring music's hold on the mind - a conversation with Aniruddh Patel
- SD: Differences in language circuits in the brain linked to dyslexia
- NY Review of Books: Not so natural selection (Lewontin review of Piattelli-Palmarini & Fodor)
- BBC: Bonobos shake heads to say 'no'
- Physorg: New analysis reveals clearer picture of brain's language areas
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
- NS: Talking evolved from walking in caterpillars
- SD: First direct recording made of mirror neurons in human brain
- SD: Language dysfunction in children may be due to epileptic brain activity
- NYT: Observatory - For some birds, it's not always the same old song
- Telegraph: Video - Migraine leaves woman speaking with Chinese accent
- SD: 'Ancestral Eve' crystal may explain origin of life's left-handedness
- SD: Mathematicians offer elegant solution to evolutionary conundrum
- arXiv: Algorithm reveals secrets of leaf shape
- SD: Sign language study shows multiple brain regions wired for language
- NS: 'Mirror gene' clue to brain's right-to-left links
Saturday, April 24, 2010
LOT 1 (international postgraduate student conference): http://linguistlist.org/issues/21/21-675.html
GACL 4 (forget the acronym): http://www.punksinscience.org/kleanthes/GACL-4/index.html
LDG 3 (Language Disorders in Greek): http://www.euc.ac.cy/easyconsole.cfm/id/1056
If any BIOLINGUISTICS BLOG reader is interested in participating, and even giving a paper, please send me a quick email! LOT 1 and LDG 3 don't have much of a "website" and GACL 4's is basic (should I say "crappy"?), but there you are. Naama Friedmann, Theo Marinis, Alex Perovic, and Ken Wexler, all in two days, and Sonja Eisenbeiss, Tom McFadden, Peter Patrick, and Barbara Lust in three days a month earlier is no small feat by anyone's reckoning.
These events are, of course, to some extent pushed by the recently formed Cyprus Acquisition Team (CAT) and the new Gen-CHILD Project we were awarded. (Both sites are also still in development.)
We can organize crash space and try to keep all other costs low if anyone's interested in coming out here!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
- Nature EMBOR: Speak to me, melody: Music's biological roots with language under scrutiny
- SD: Form or function: Evolution takes different paths, genetic study shows
- NYT: From a songbird, new insights into the brain (this has gotten a lot of coverage)
- SD: New period of brain 'plasticity' created with transplanted embryonic cells
- arXiv: The pace of evolution across fitness valleys
- SD: Why certain symmetries are never observed in nature
- SD: Hyenas' laughter signals decoded
- SD: How does a heart know when it's big enough?
- SD: In brain-injured children, early gesturing predicts language delays
- SD: Autism susceptibility genes identified
- SD: Words influence infants' cognition from first months of life
- SD: Human brain becomes tuned to voices and emotional tone during infancy
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
July 16-17, 2010 in Vigo, Galicia, Spain.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Monday, June 28th
9:00 Welcome and Presentation: Itziar Laka, Montserrat Sanz and Pello Salaburu
9:15-10:00 Mike Tanenhaus, University of Rochester
Introduction to the course. On the Cognitive Basis of Linguistic Structures: Themes that have endured.
SESSION 1. The crosslinguistic brain and language
Chair: Itziar Laka, University of the Basque Country
10:00-11:00 Jacques Mehler SISSA-ISAS CNS, Trieste, Italy.
Languages in the infant brain
11:00-12:00 Manuel Carreiras, Basque Center on Brain, Cognition and Language
Mechanisms of Agreement
12:30-13:30 Inna Bornkessel, University of Mamberg, Germany
Neurotypology: Modelling cross-linguistic similarities and differences in the neurocognition of language comprehension
13:30-14:30 Yosef Grodzinsky McGuill University, USA
Changing perspectives on the functional role of some language regions in the brain
16:30-18:00 ROUND TABLE, GENERAL DISCUSSION:
The Crosslinguistic Brain and Language
Theme discussant: Douglass Saddy
Participants: Tanenhaus, Mehler, Carreiras, Grodzinsky
Tuesday June 29th
SESSION 2. The evolution of language and language universals
Chair: Pello Salaburu, University of the Basque Country
10:00-11:00 Massimo Piattelli Palmarini, University of Arizona, USA
Comprehension, production and linearization in a new evolutionary perspective
11:00-12:00 Robert Berwick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Three Models for the Description of Language Complexity
12:30-13:30 Douglass Saddy, University of Reading, UK
Measuring language universals in the brain
13:30-14:30 Thomas Bever, University of Arizona, USA
Where do Linguistic Universals come from?
16:30-18:00 ROUND TABLE, GENERAL DISCUSSION
The Evolution of Language and Language Universals
Theme discussant: Colin Phillips
Participants: Piatelli-Palmarini, Berwick, Saddy, Stabler and Bever.
Wednesday, June 30th
SESSION 3. The relations between language production and perception
Chair of the session: José Manuel Igoa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
9:00:10:00 Maryellen C. MacDonald, University of Wisconsin-Madison,USA
The Production Basis of Language Comprehension: Evidence from Relative Clauses
10:00-11:00 Gary Dell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Implicit learning in the language production system is revealed in speech errors
11:00-12:00 Luciano Fadiga, Italian Institute of Technology, U. Ferrara, Italy
From Action to Language: Evidence and Speculations
12:30-13:30 William Idsardi, University of Maryland, USA
Statistical generalizations in language behaviors
13:30-14:30 Edward Gibson, Massachusetts Institute of technology, USA
Language above the word: Quantitative investigations of syntactic representations and processes
16:30-18:00 ROUND TABLE, GENERAL DISCUSSION:
The Relations between Language Production and Perception
Theme discussant: Thomas Bever
Participants: MacDonald, Dell, Fadiga, Kotz, Gibson
Thursday, July 1st
SESSION 4. The garden path today - comprehension models
Chair: Montserrat Sanz
9:00-10:00 Sonia Kotz, Max Planck Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Germany
Syntactic ambiguities: from linguistic structure to brain correlates
10:00-11:00 Michael Tanenhaus University of Rochester, USA
On the mechanisms underlying real-time language comprehension
11:00-12:00 Gerry Altmann, University of York, UK
Anticipating the garden path: the horse raced past the barn ate the cake
12:30-13:30 Edward Stabler UCLA, USA
Syntax, semantics and pragmatics in incremental interpretation
13:30-14:30 Colin Phillips, University of Maryland, USA
Grammatical Illusions: Where you see them, where you don't
16:30:17:30 ROUND TABLE AND GENERAL DISCUSSION:
The Garden Path Today- Comprehension Models
Theme discussant: Yosef Grodzinsky
Participants: Kotz, Tanenhaus, Altmann, Idsardi, Phillips
17:30-18:30 Conclusions and predictions for future research
Thomas Bever University of Arizona
Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, University of Arizona
Friday, March 26, 2010
Warsaw - September 16-18, 2010
[via Evolutionary Linguistics:]
The conference emphasizes the biological nature of language, underscoring its coordinative function. The aim of the conference is to 1) show continuity of natural language with other informational systems in biology; 2) show that language arises from and is crucial for human co-action.
Taking an evolutionary and comparative perspective, will draw attention to the kinds of social coordination that arise without (human-like) language, and that contribute to the background used by (and present in) linguistic communication. By so doing, it will be easier to appreciate the qualitatively different types of co-ordination that are specific to humans and language-dependent. The evolutionary perspective will help with coming to view language as a natural phenomenon, continuous with other 'informational' systems at various levels of biological organization, that serve not only vertical (inter-generational) transmission of structure but also horizontal coordination both within and between organisms.
- John Collier, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
- Terrence Deacon, University of California at Berkeley
- Merlin Donald, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
- Don Favareau, National University of Singapore
- Carol Fowler, Haskins Laboratories, Yale University and University of Connecticut
- Bruno Galantucci, Yeshiva University
- Don Ross, University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Cape Town
- Colwyn Trevarthen, University of Edinburgh
Call for Papers (due April 30): here
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
- BBC: Monkeys learn more from females
- SD: Great apes know they could be wrong
- SD: Evolution more rapid than Darwin thought
- SD: Songbirds yield insight into speech production
- SD: Brain naturally follows scientific method? Less effort to register 'predictable' images
- New Scientist: Why teenagers find learning a drag
- New Scientist: Mind-reading gorillas love a good game
- NPR: The evolution of symbolic language
- NYT: Exhibition review: Hall of Human Origins
Monday, March 22, 2010
June 20-26, 2010 - Bloomington, IN
now open for registration: http://www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/
The call for participation reads:
"The North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLLI) is a summer school with classes in the interface between computer science, linguistics, and logic.
After previous editions at Stanford University, Indiana University, and UCLA, NASSLLI will return to Bloomington, Indiana, June 20–26, 2010. The summer school, loosely modeled on the long-running ESSLLI series in Europe, will consist of a number of courses and workshops, selected on the basis of the proposals. Courses and workshops meet for 90 or 120 minutes on each of five days, June 21–25, and there will be tutorials on June 20 and a day-long workshop on June 26. The instructors are prominent researchers who volunteer their time and energy to present basic work in their disciplines. Many are coming from Europe just to teach at NASSLLI.
NASSLLI courses are aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in wide variety of fields. The instructors know that people will be attending from a wide range of disciplines, and they all are pleased to be associated with an interdisciplinary school. The courses will also appeal to post-docs and researchers in all of the relevant fields.
We hope to have 100-150 participants. In addition to classes in the daytime, the evenings will have social events and plenary lectures. Bloomington is a wonderful place to visit, known for arts, music, and ethnic restaurants. All of this is within 15 minutes walking from campus. We aim to make NASSLLI fun and exciting."
Sunday, March 21, 2010
In conjunction with the LSA Special Interest Group on Biolinguistics, we invite the submission of abstracts for a proposed Organized Session on Biolinguistics at the 2011 LSA Annual Meeting (Pittsburgh, January 6-9). The goal of biolinguistics is to explore theories of language that are biologically plausible as part of an effort to explain how the faculty of language arises ontogenetically and phylogenetically. We invite abstracts on any aspect of the biolinguistic enterprise, keeping in mind that the Special Interest Group on Biolinguistics was founded in part to “contribute to the field by helping to identify what makes biolinguistics ‘bio’ (and ‘linguistic’), initiate discussions on how it differs from previous models of generative grammar (and how it doesn’t), debate whether generative grammar is actually a prerequisite… and so on.”
Abstracts should be between 200-500 words and need not be anonymous. (The LSA reviews Organized Session proposals non-anonymously.) Please, no more than one single-authored and one joint-authored abstract per person. All participants are required to be LSA members. However, anyone may submit an abstract, so long as they join the LSA if they ultimately present.
We plan to have a symposium format, so if you are interested in being a discussant, please also let us know by April 15.
Abstracts are due April 15, 2010.
Please send abstracts, preferably in .PDF format, to:
Kleanthes Grohmann – email@example.com
Bridget Samuels - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Montréal, April 30-May 2, 2010
Theme: A celebration of the 51st anniversary of the publication of The Sound Pattern of Russian.
Morris Halle's (1959) The Sound Pattern of Russian (SPR) proposes 6 formal conditions that a phonological theory should fulfill, paraphrased as follows:
Condition 1: Phonological representations consist of segments and boundaries.
Condition 2: The phonetic properties of segments are characterized by a set of binary distinctive features.
Condition 3: A phonological description of a language must provide a deterministic algorithm for mapping from an input representation (containing only phonological information) to an output representation.
Condition 4: The phonology must interface with other modules of grammar, such as syntax.
Condition 5: In phonological representations the number of specified features is consistently reduced to a minimum compatible with satisfying Conditions (3) and (4).
Condition 6: Morphological boundaries have to be eliminated or converted by the phonology.
These six conditions serve as the theme of this year's NAPhC. We invite papers (on any and all languages--not just Russian!) that address issues raised by these conditions and other aspects of SPR. Are these conditions met by current models? Has their acceptance or rejection been sufficiently justified? For example, do Halle's arguments for binarity still hold? Are other arguments available for binarity? Have models that evaluate alignment of, say, syllables and morphemes justified the rejection of Condition 6?
Call for papers (due March 29, 2010) here.
Edinburgh, July 12-13, 2010
These two days of talks and discussion will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss the value of applying evolutionary thinking to the cultural evolution of language as well as the commonalities and differences between various existing applications.
Presentations by: Bill Croft, Tom Griffiths, Alex Mesoudi, Russell Gray, Kenny Smith, Gerhard Jaeger, Monica Tamariz, & Simon Kirby
Conference: 41st Poznań Linguistic Meeting
Thematic discussion session: Competing explanations of language change and variationGniezno, September 23-26, 2010
Plenary: Nikolaus Ritt (Vienna), “Agents or Vehicles? The role of speakers in directing linguistic evolution”
As competing explanations are the leitmotif of PLM 2010, this session will be devoted to explanatory challenges in theories of language change. The discussion workshop will concentrate on the role of linguistic variation and other factors in competing proposals concerning the mechanisms of language change. The focal event of the session will be the plenary talk by Nikolaus Ritt, followed by six oral presentations. We shall welcome abstracts of presentations dealing with the following topics and questions:
- Why does language change happen at all?
- Does language change have a direction? Are there “historical laws” governing its progress?
- Synchronic variation and diachronic change: how are they interrelated?
- How can we account for the observed tempo of language change and the scale of variation in speech communities?
- Functional explanations of language change, their adequacy and predictive power.
- Evolutionary approaches to language change: replication, competition and selection as explanatory notions.
- Is language a tool designed and controlled by its human users, or does it have a life of its own?
- Should we expect linguistic structures to be rational?
Call for papers (due March 31, 2010): here
This site is being built to help facilitate the collaborative study of all aspects of Linguistic Evolution. We take this to include not only the study of the biological evolution of the Language faculty, but also the cultural evolution of languages, and the bio-cultural co-evolution of Language as a combined system.
Research in this area cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries and so will require the collaboration of researchers of from many diverse backgrounds. It is this research we hope to support and so we welcome researchers from all disciplines to to join us on this site. Please feel free to contribute to the comments, on the forums, and join us in person at the events we are planning on organizing.
This site is still is still under development, so please either subscribe to the RSS feed or check back later as we hope to make regular updates over the next few months. In addition to details about the site, we will also be posting information about various events of interest to evolutionary linguistics researchers as we receive them.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
- SD: If bonobo Kanzi can point as humans do, what other similarities can rearing reveal?
- SD: Nouns & verbs are learned in different parts of the brain
- SD: Scientists image brain at point when vocal learning begins
- SD: Scientists map brain pathway for vocal learning
- SD: Simple math explains dramatic beak shape variation in Darwin's finches
- BBC: Burrowing US prairie dogs use complex language
- BBC: Monkeys keep chatter 'short' and 'sweet'
- New Scientist: Seeing the songs of whales
Monday, March 1, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
At the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting in January 2010, the newly-approved LSA Special Interest Group on Biolinguistics had its first meeting. Below is the text of the founding proposal for the group. We hope to have more news in the coming months about further group activities, including a home page on the LSA website and a presence at the 2011 LSA meeting. If you are interested in being part of this (all LSA members are welcome; it's free), please let one of the founders know.
LSA Special Interest Group on Biolinguistics
We believe that there is an expressed need for the Biolinguistics SIG. With the term being used widely (and often loosely, and with different conceptions by different people, sometimes even negatively) in recent years, it is time that it receive a more graspable shape, an initiative this SIG would like to engage in. The timing is very opportune: In the past couple of years, several initiatives have been formed dedicated to biolinguistics, some even involving one of the co-proposers: the free online journal Biolinguistics (http://www.biolinguistics.eu)
The Biolinguistics SIG will contribute to the field by helping to identify what makes biolinguistics ‘bio’ (and ‘linguistic’), initiate discussions on how it differs from previous models of generative grammar (and how it doesn’t), debate whether generative grammar is actually a prerequisite (arguably to be answered in the negative), and so on. This focus obviously sets the Biolinguistics SIG apart from other entities of the LSA.
The co-proposers of the Biolinguistics SIG are Dr. Kleanthes Grohmann, a tenured Associate Professor from the University of Cyprus and LSA member since 1997, and Dr. Bridget Samuels, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland and LSA member since 2004:
Kleanthes K. Grohmann (Cyprus) email@example.com
Bridget Samuels (Maryland) firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
In this talk, delivered at Harvard University on October 4th 2007, one of the major proponents of semantic externalism revisits the subject matter of his 1975 paper "The Meaning Of 'Meaning'," extending and updating his views about the nature of meaning and why it "ain't in the head."
In this talk, delivered at Harvard University on October 30th 2007, the most eminent linguist of modern times argues for a strictly internalist treatment of questions of natural-language meaning. Chomsky discusses externalist approaches of Putnam, Kripke and others who hold that crucial aspects of meaning rely on the nature of an independently given external world. This cherished tenet of philosophy of language, Chomsky argues, has things backwards: dropping unwarranted metaphysical assumptions, we find that the internal language system is purely syntactic and hence "in the head", as a part of the "cognoscitive powers" that construct the organism's Umwelt.
In this talk, delivered at Harvard University on November 13th 2007, Ray Jackendoff elaborates on his internalist approach to the study of meaning, called Conceptual Semantics. According to Jackendoff, it is necessary for semanticists to study not language in isolation, but conceptual structure ("thought"), the domain-general medium of mental representation.
In this talk, delivered at Harvard University on November 20th 2007, Juan Uriagereka seeks to answer the question how much of natural-language meaning is rooted in syntactic properties of the Language Faculty. Uriagereka argues for a multi-dimensional syntax that provides "spaces" of meaning, from which well-known semantic hierarchies are derived.
Delivered at Harvard University on December 13th 2007.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
NLC 2010 will provide a unique opportunity to bring together researchers across a broad spectrum of techniques and disciplines, who rarely, if ever, attend the same meetings. A primarly goal is to foster interaction, collaboration, and new approaches to understanding the neurobiology of language. The symposium will provide a platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among researchers whose complementary interests provide an important foundation for issues related to the neurobiology of language, allowing for the emergence of a greater common understanding of the topic as a whole. Younger scientists are encouraged to attend and meet more established scientists in the field.
A Special Lecture on Generative Grammar
“A Theory of Fundamental Syntactic Categories”
Time & Date: 14:30-17:30, March 12th (Fri), 2010
Location: Kyoto Campus Plaza, Lecture Hall 1 (5F)
As Baker 2003 correctly observes, we still lack a good theory of linguistic
categories. Most proposals are based on parochial features, and lack
explanatory depths. In this talk I argue in favor of a more syntactic/dynamic
theory of categories, as part of a research program that I am involved in and
that seeks to minimize the appeal to (ad hoc) features. Special emphasis in this
talk will be placed on DP, and why the DP hypothesis is most likely wrong.
Under the joint auspices of JSPS Grant-in-Aid for
Scientific Research (No.21652037) & JAIST-EELC2010
JAIST-EELC2010 is an international seminar on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication. It will be held in Kyoto, sponsored by Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology under the joint auspices of the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas "The study on the neural dynamics for understanding communication in terms of complex hetero systems".
10-12 March 2010 inclusive
Campus Plaza Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Free to participate
|09:30-11:00||"Meaning coordination, semantic construals, and bodily action: implication for language evolution"|
|Rafael Núñez (UC San Diego)|
|11:30-13:00||"Constructive approach to language evolution"|
|Takashi Hashimoto (JAIST)|
|14:30-16:00||"The human language faculty evolving"|
|Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/UAB)|
|16:30-18:00||"Cognitive mechanism of language and cultural evolution"|
|Yoshihisa Nakamura (Kanazawa U)|
|09:30-11:00||"Biological preadaptations for language"|
|Kazuo Okanoya (RIKEN BSI)|