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Mon Apr 18 2005

Confs: Cognitive Sci/Neuroling/Psycholing/Ferrara, Italy

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        1.    Marina Nespor, OMLL Workshop: 'Phylogeny and Ontogeny of Human Communication'


Message 1: OMLL Workshop: 'Phylogeny and Ontogeny of Human Communication'
Date: 15-Apr-2005
From: Marina Nespor <marina.nesporunife.it>
Subject: OMLL Workshop: 'Phylogeny and Ontogeny of Human Communication'


OMLL Workshop: 'Phylogeny and Ontogeny of Human Communication'

Date: 02-Jun-2005 - 04-Jun-2005
Location: Ferrara, Italy
Contact: Marina Nespor
Contact Email: marina.nesporunife.it

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics;
Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

The meeting will bring together experts using different approaches to address
the same problem, i.e. the origin of language. The proposed program is organized
around three themes, all aiming at identifying the biological and behavioral
prerequisites of the linguistic capacity of modern humans.

Note: Information on financial support for PhD students follows the conference
program.

Program

2 June, Thursday

14h15 Introduction and welcoming
- Genes and Language Evolution
14h30 Barbujani (Ferrara): How are genomic and linguistic changes related?
15h15 Fisher (Oxford): Language and FoxP2 gene.
16h00 Discussants: van der Veen and Moral
16h30 Coffee break
- Action, Imitation and Communication Development
17h00 von Hoffsten (Uppsala): Goals and predictivity in infants.
17h45 Pallier (Paris): The critical period for language acquisition.
18h30 Discussants: Nazzi and Volterra
20h00 Dinner


3 June Friday

- From Primates to Humans: what Evolution says on Communication
9h00 Rizzolatti (Parma, OMLL): Mirror neurons and the evolution of language
9h45 Fitch (St. Andrews): Why monkeys do not speak?
10h30 Discussants: Schwartz and Zuberbuehler
11h10 Coffee break
- Action, Imitation and Communication Development
11h30 Nadel (Paris): Imitation in infants.
12h15 Gergely (Budapest): What do infants imitate?
13h00 Discussants: Mehler and Gallese

Lunch break

- From Primates to Humans: what Evolution says on Communication
15h00 Fadiga (Ferrara, OMLL): The mirror-neuron system in humans.
15h45 Hari (Helsinki): The role of the inferior frontal gyrus in imitation and
communication
16h30 Schubotz (Leipzig): Cognitive functions of human premotor cortex.
17h15 coffee break
17h45 Zuberbuehler (St. Andrews): Communication in primates.
18h30 Discussants: Nazzi and Schwartz
20H00 Conference Dinner


4 June Saturday

- Genes and Language Evolution
9h00 Muysken (Leiden): Creolization.
9h45 De Knijff (Leiden): The Himalayan paradigm.
10h30 Discussants: Nespor, Vigne and Laka
11h10 Coffee break
- From Primates to Humans: what Evolution says on Communication
11h30 Amunts (Juelich): Human language cortical areas
12h15 Visalberghi (Rome): Imitation in monkeys?
13h00 Discussants: Fadiga and van der Veen

Lunch break

- Action, Imitation and Communication Development
15h00 Goldin Meadow (Chicago): Non verbal communication.
15h45 Volterra (Rome, OMLL): Actions, gestures and words in infancy: old and new
evidence.
16h30 Nespor and Mehler (Ferrara/Trieste, OMLL): Language in newborns?
17h15 coffee break
17h45 Savage-Rumbaugh (Atlanta): Do other animals speak?
18h30 Discussants: Barbujani and Gallese
19h00 Conclusion
20H00 Dinner


The European Science Foundation Eurocores OMLL (Origin of Man, Language and
Languages) will support in Ferrara (Italy) an International Workshop on
''Phylogeny and Ontogeny of Human Communication''. Three main fields of
discussion will be taken into account:
- From primates to humans: what evolution says on communication
- Action, imitation and communication development in infants
- Genes and language evolution

In consideration of the relevance of the meeting for the understanding of human
development, the EC funded Integrated Project Robot-Cub (6th framework,
http://www.robotcub.org) will cover the travel costs of 10 European PhD students
aiming to participate to this initiative. Robot-Cub (coordinated by the Univ. of
Genova - DIST and which includes the Neurophysiology team of the University of
Ferrara coordinated by L. Fadiga) is an important project which involves 11
leading European groups aiming at studying the human development through the
realization of a developing artifact. PhD students interested in the initiative
are invited to apply by sending by email before the 5/5/2005:

1) A brief curriculum (half page)
2) One letter of presentation
3) A list of up to three publications they authored and that they consider
particularly relevat to the topics of the meeting
4) One publication chosen among the listed ones (pdf file) to:
Prof. Luciano Fadiga
Section of Human Physiology
University of Ferrara
e-mail: fdlunife.it

After a comparative selection, those applicants which will be considered above
the threshold will be informed of the positive judgement and will receive an
e-ticket covering the travel costs. They should provide by themselves to local
accomodation (meals and hotel). A list of low-cost hotels will be communicated.

The local organizing committee
(M.Nespor, G. Barbujani, L. Fadiga)


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