"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
Ways to Protolanguage is a biennial conference on the evolution of language aimed at gaining a multidisciplinary perspective on the range of currently available evidence relevant to early language evolution. By bringing together researchers representing a broad variety of areas, the conference aspires to reflect the inherently interdisciplinary nature of research into the evolution of language.