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Wed Feb 03 2010

Confs: Cognitive Sci, Computational Ling, General Ling/Japan

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        1.    Takashi Hashimoto, Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication

Message 1: Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication
Date: 02-Feb-2010
From: Takashi Hashimoto <hashjaist.ac.jp>
Subject: Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication
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Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication
Short Title: JAIST-EELC2010

Date: 10-Mar-2010 - 12-Mar-2010
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Contact: Takashi Hashimoto
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.jaist.ac.jp/JAIST-EELC2010/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Students and young researchers can be supported for some of their travel expenses.
(Application deadline for support: 16 Feb., 2010)


Language or the faculty of language is one of the unique characteristics of humans. When, why, and how did this faculty biologically evolve? How did the initial language develop into our present complex language? How does such dynamic and creative communication as we now engage in emerge? These are our questions regarding the origin and evolution of language. The origin and evolution of language are complex phenomena in which adaptive changes with different spatiotemporal scales, namely, learning, cultural evolution, and biological evolution interact with each other. In order to understand these phenomena, we should advance research in diverse disciplines, in addition to evolutionary biology and linguistics, such as ethology about animal communication systems, cognitive and brain sciences regarding language ability and language acquisition, and complex systems and constructive research treating hetero and complex dynamics. Further, we need to develop new experimental paradigms and new theoretical tools for language evolution. With the progress of such modern research into language evolution, the true issues and effective research methodologies have come into our sight. Now, by holding this international seminar to learn about and discuss these issues, basic concepts and effective methodologies with some of the leading scholars in the field, we want to encourage further research activities, and expand the development of this exciting field.

Lecturers (in alphabetical order):

Cedric Boeckx (Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA) / Universitat Auto'noma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain)
Tecumseh Fitch (Universitat Wien, Austria)
Kouji Fujita (University of Kyoto, Japan)
Takashi Hashimoto (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan)
Yoshihisa Nakamura (University of Kanazawa, Japan)
Rafael Nunez (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Kazuo Okanoya (RIKEN BSI, Japan)

Organizing Committee:

Takashi Hashimoto (JAIST, Japan), Chair
Koji Fujita (University of Kyoto, Japan)
Yoshihisa Nakamura (University of Kanazawa, Japan)
Kazuo Okanoya (RIKEN BSI, Japan)


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'

3/10 (Wed)


Opening remarks

''BioLinguistics: A Comparative Approach'', Tecumseh Fitch (U Wien)

''Biolinguistic Minimalism and Language Evolution'', Koji Fujita (Kyoto U)


3/11 (Thu)

''Meaning Coordination, Semantic Construals, and Bodily Action: Implication for Language Evolution'', Rafael Nunez (UC San Diego)

''Constructive Approach to Language Evolution'', Takashi Hashimoto (JAIST)


''The Human Language Faculty Evolving'', Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/UAB)

''Cognitive Mechanism of Language and Cultural Evolution'', Yoshihisa Nakamura (Kanazawa U)

3/12 (Fri)

''Biological Preadaptations for Langauge'', Kazuo Okanoya (RIKEN BSI)

Panel discussion

Closing remarks

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