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Subject: Language as Social Coordination: An Evolutionary Perspective
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Full Title: Language as Social Coordination: An Evolutionary Perspective
Date: 16-Sep-2010 - 18-Sep-2010
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Contact Person: Joanna Raczaszek-Leonardi
Meeting Email: raczaszepsych.uw.edu.pl
Web Site: http://www.psych.uw.edu.pl/lasc/
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Language Acquisition;
Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics
Other Specialty: Biolinguistics
Call Deadline: 28-May-2010
Language as Social Coordination: An Evolutionary Perspective
Warsaw, 16-18 September 2010
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
- 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
We welcome papers from biology, linguistics, psychology, communication science,
philosophy, anthropology in a joint effort to provide a theoretical ground for
such a view of language, and - even more importantly - to provide empirical data
clarifying the mechanisms of language functioning and emergence.
For more information please visit our webpage: http://www.psych.uw.edu.pl/lasc
Abstract notification: May 28th, 2010
Early Registration: May 28th - August 15th, 2010
Late Registration: After August 15th, 2010
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