LINGUIST List 27.1386

Mon Mar 21 2016

Confs: Cog Sci, Psycholing, Socioling/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 18-Mar-2016
From: Shiri Lev-Ari <>
Subject: Effects in Language Processing to Social Effects in Language Evolution
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Effects in Language Processing to Social Effects in Language Evolution

Date: 15-Sep-2016 - 16-Sep-2016
Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Contact: Shiri Lev-Ari
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Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Languages are learned, used and shaped in social interaction. Therefore, social factors are likely to play a role in the way that language is learned and processed, which in turn, influences the form that language takes. Indeed, research has shown that information is processed and represented differently depending on the social context. Similarly, recent research on language evolution has started exploring the relationship between linguistic properties and the social setting in which languages have evolved. Surprisingly, however, these two lines of research do not link to each other. The goal of this workshop is to try to bridge the gap between these two lines of research.


The workshop will include the following sessions and invited speakers:

Learning from the social environment in human and nonhuman animals
Molly Babel (University of British Columbia, Canada):
The social weight of voices in perception and production

Christine Caldwell (University of Stirling, UK):
Studying culture in the laboratory in human and nonhuman primates

Olga Feher (University of Edinburgh, UK):
Atypical birdsong and artificial languages provide insights into how communication systems are shaped by learning, use and transmission

Shiri Lev-Ari (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands):
How social network properties influence linguistic skills and the propagation of linguistic changes

Discussant: Sean Roberts (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

The role of community size and structure in cultural evolution
Maxime Derex (Arizona State University, USA):
The effects of population size and structure on cultural complexity
Simon Garrod (University of Glasgow, UK):
Social factors in the evolution of non-linguistic signs

Irit Meir (University of Haifa, Israel):
Possible effects of community structure on language structure in two young sign languages

Gary Lupyan (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA):
The emergence of linguistic meaning: words as hypotheses

Discussant: Dan Dediu (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Joint processing and common ground in processing and evolution
Alin Coman (Princeton, USA):
The formation of collective memory: from individual cognitiSorton to large-scale social dynamics

Pat Healey (Queen Mary University of London, UK):
Is repair the primary driver of language evolution?

Natalie Sebanz (Central European University, Hungary):
Perceiving, acting, and thinking in a joint action space

Paul Vogt (Tilburg University, The Netherlands):
Language socialization and language evolution: Perspectives from different cultures

Discussant: TBA

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