LINGUIST List 30.171

Sat Jan 12 2019

Calls: Linguistic Theories/Portugal

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 10-Jan-2019
From: Nathalie Gontier <>
Subject: Protolang 6
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Full Title: Protolang 6
Short Title: Protolang 6

Date: 09-Sep-2019 - 12-Sep-2019
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Contact Person: Nathalie Gontier
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2019

Meeting Description:

The Protolang conference series creates an interdisciplinary platform for scholarly discussion on the origins of symbolic communication distinctive of human beings.

The 2019 edition will have plenary talks given by, amongst others, Roslyn Frank, Tania Kouteva, Rafael Núñez, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Catherine Hobaiter, and Klaus Zuberbühler as well as several invited symposia organized by scholars from around the world.

Call for Papers:

Protolang 2019: Upcoming deadline of January 15th, 2019 for Satellite Events & Symposia

The 6th edition of the Protolang conference series will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 9 to 12 September, 2019 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Abstract Submission:

Abstracts for all formats can be submitted on EasyChair:

The full Call for Papers can be found here:

Invited Speakers:

Roslyn M. Frank, University of Iowa, USA
Tania Kuteva, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany
Rafael Núñez, University of California, San Diego, USA
Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Catherine Hobaiter, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Klaus Zuberbühler, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Alexandre C. Caldas, Católica University, Lisbon, Portugal

Invited Sessions:

- Evolution of language from perspectives of hierarchical complexity - Chaired by Misato Hayashi
- Emotional and cognitive processes in communication in humans and other primates - Chaired by Augusta Gaspar & Ana Margarida Abrantes
- Ontogeny and Evolutionary Processes - Chaired by Olga Vasileva
- Pantolang - Chaired by Przemyslaw Żywiczynski
- Integrated perspectives on gesture - Chaired by Isabel Galhano-Rodrigues, Anabela Cruz-Santos and Ana Mineiro
- The Grammar of Tool Use: Converging Processes in Grammar and Compositional Tool manufacture - Chaired by Natalie Uomini and Antonella Tramacere
- The language of Iberian rock art - Chaired by Nuno Ribeiro and Anabela Joaquinito
- Skyscape Archaeology in the longue durée: Insights from Cultural Astronomy applied to the deep past - Chaired by Roslyn Frank, Fabio Silva, and Luís Tirapicos
- Beyond material culture: Reconstructing the contents of paleolithic philosophies - Chaired by Nathalie Gontier
- Language Evolution at the Crossroad between Comparative and Phylogenetic Linguistics - Chaired by Gerd Carling
- Computational Models in Language Evolution - Chaired by Roland Mühlenbernd and Taraka Rama

About Protolang:

The Protolang conference series creates an interdisciplinary platform for scholarly discussion on the origins of symbolic communication distinctive of human beings.

The thematic focus of Protolang is on delineating the genetic, anatomical, neuro-cognitive, socio-cultural, semiotic, symbolic and ecological requirements for evolving (proto)language. Sign use, tools, cooperative breeding, pointing, vocalisation, intersubjectivity, bodily mimesis, planning and navigation are among many examples of such possible factors through which hominins have gained a degree of specificity that is not found in other forms of animal communication and cognition.

We aim at identifying the proximate and ultimate causes as well as the mechanisms by which these requirements evolved; evaluating the methodologies, research tools and simulation techniques; and enabling extended and vigorous exchange of ideas across disciplinary borders.


Protolang 6 is organized by the Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab and the Primate Cognition Research Group of the Center for Philosophy of Science of the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon; the William James Center for Research of the University Institute of Psychological, Social and Life Sciences; the Católica Research Center for Psychological, Family and Social Well-Being of the Catholic University of Lisbon; and the Portuguese Association for Archaeological Investigation. Protolang 6 is additionally sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology; FCiências.ID, the Association for the Investigation and Development of the Sciences of the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon; SEAC - the European Society for Astronomy in Culture; and the Philosophy of Formal Sciences, Epistemology and Methodology division of the Center for Philosophy of Science.

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