LINGUIST List 32.249

Tue Jan 19 2021

Calls: Anthro Ling, Cog Sci, Gen Ling, Hist Ling/Germany and Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 18-Jan-2021
From: Stefan Hartmann <>
Subject: Protolang Conference Series 7th International Conference
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Full Title: Protolang Conference Series 7th International Conference

Date: 06-Sep-2021 - 08-Sep-2021
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Contact Person: Stefan Hartmann
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2021

Meeting Description:

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.

We invite scholars from A(rcheology) to Z(oology), and all disciplines in between, to contribute data, experimental and theoretical research, and look forward to welcoming you at our next conference!

Keynote speakers of Protolang 7 and their main research areas:
- Michel DeGraff (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) : Linguistic theory, creole studies, language and education
- Katja Liebal (Leipzig University) : Human biology and primate cognition
- Asifa Majid (University of York) : Psychology of language and communication
- Albert Newen (Ruhr University Bochum) : Philosophy of mind
- Cailin O'Connor (University of California Irvine) : Philophy of science and evolutionary game theory
- Asli Ozyurek (Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen) : Multimodal language processing

Call for papers:

We invite scholars from linguistics, behavioral science, cognitive science and related disciplines to contribute experimental and theoretical research. Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words, excl. references, via Easychair (

- Deadline for submission: February 15, 2021
- Notification: March 2021

Note on Covid-19:
We are very much aware that it is currently far from clear whether Protolang 7 can take place as a physical conference. We still plan for an on-site conference with an option to participate online, but are prepared to make it a fully virtual conference if necessary.

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