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Full Title: Workshop on Evolution of Signals, Speech and Signs

Location: Vienna, Austria
Start Date: 14-Apr-2014 - 14-Apr-2014
Contact: Bart de Boer
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://ai.vub.ac.be/news/workshop-evolution-signals-speech-and-signs
Meeting Description: This workshop is part of the workshop program before Evolang 2014 in Vienna.

We are looking for research that addresses the evolution of modern humans’ abilities to produce, perceive and learn the extended range of (combinatorial) signals that form the physical basis of human language. Signals in our definition form the physically observable manifestation of language, and they can exist either in the articulatory-acoustic modality (speech) or in the gestural-visual modality (signs) and perhaps in other modalities.

The event is intended to be complementary to the main conference in the sense that we look for contributions that explicitly focus on future research. We therefore seek contributions that not only present research results, but that for example also explore possibilities of interaction between fields, that pose new research questions or that make an inventory of areas in which research may be lacking. We welcome discussions that are based on work presented at the main conference, but workshop presentations should be extended by explicitly addressing the issues mentioned above. We do want to stress that workshop presentations have to be based on concrete work, using solid empirical or modeling methods, and that purely speculative work will not be accepted.

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Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Historical Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology
LL Issue: 24.2722

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