LINGUIST List 26.208

Wed Jan 14 2015

Confs: Cognitive Science, General Linguistics/Netherlands

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Date: 07-Jan-2015
From: Willem Zuidema <>
Subject: Language Evolution: The Coevolution of Biology and Culture
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Language Evolution: The Coevolution of Biology and Culture

Date: 25-Mar-2015 - 25-Mar-2015
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact: Willem Zuidema
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Evolution of Language: the coevolution of biology and culture

March 25 and 26, 2015
Organized by Willem Zuidema

Special theme: The coevolution of biology and culture

Natural language is an extremely complex and varied phenomenon and very different from both other human cognitive functions and animal communication. Yet, at the level of genes, brain structures, anatomy and basic learning procedures the mechanisms supporting language and speech are not so clearly language-specific. How can the conflict between evidence pointing to biological continuity and evidence for the uniqueness of language be resolved? In this workshop experts from animal behaviour, linguistics, psychology, human genetics and computational modelling review evidence from variety of fields about the biological and cultural evolution of language and speech. The workshop will end with a general discussion where we will critically assess the popular theory that coevolution of biology and culture plays a key role in resolving the conflict.

Invited Speakers:

Jennifer Culbertson
(Edinburgh/Johns Hopkins)
Asli Ozyurek (MPI Nijmegen)
Arie Verhagen (Leiden)
Simon Fisher (MPI Nijmegen)
Tecumseh Fitch (Vienna)
Carel ten Cate (Leiden)
Simon Kirby (Edinburgh)
Kenny Smith (Edinburgh)
Bart de Boer (Brussels)
Olga Fehér (Edinburgh)
Dan Dediu (MPI Nijmegen)
Johan Bolhuis (Utrecht), t.b.c.
Louis-Jean Boë (Grenoble)

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