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Full Title: 4th Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics

Short Title: CIEL-4
Location: Beijing, China
Start Date: 09-Nov-2012 - 11-Nov-2012
Contact: Feng Wang
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://ccl.pku.edu.cn/event/ciel/IndexEng.html
Meeting Description: The Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics 2012, will be held by the Center for Chinese linguistics, Peking University, on November 8-12, 2012. November 8 is the registration day.

Following previous conferences in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the 4th Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics (CIEL) will address the emergence and development of language in the light of recent advances in fields such as linguistics, biology, anthropology, archaeology or computer modeling.

With its foundation in Darwinian theory, evolutionary linguistics references two evolutionary forces, biological and social, to tackle the job of explaining two fundamental questions, the emergence and development of language. With interdisciplinary cooperation, evolutionary linguistics interacts with anthropology, biology, and archeology. Recently evolutionary linguistics has been making important advancements. The 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang IX) was successfully held in Kyoto, Japan. Diversified languages in China with rich orthographic traditions and long histories of various forms of transcription exist in a complex realm of linguistic contact. Thus, further studies highlighting these phenomena will make new contributions to evolutionary linguistics, both in breadth and depth. Therefore, there is much anticipation of enhancing international interaction and interdisciplinary cooperation via this conference. The earlier ones in Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Shanghai have been held in the same spirit. Conference topics may include the following:

1. Language as a complex adaptive system
2. Language and population evolution in China
3. Language evolution in China and archeological evidence
4. Vertical and horizontal transmission of language
5. Language and the brain

A special handling of the evolution and development of Miao-Yao languages will also be organized.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science
LL Issue: 23.3002

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