The event program will feature several short courses from leading researchers in the field of language evolution, as well as a series of special lectures introducing relevant work in related fields. The goal of the event is to both provide an introduction to current research on language evolution for those coming from outside the field, as well as to provide a primer on different methodologies for those already researching language evolution. The courses will be targeted primarily at graduate students and researchers, but should also be accessible to interested undergraduate students. All talks will be given in English.

Update: The full programme of the event is now available to view here and a booklet of abstracts for invited talks and posters is available here.

Short Courses

  • Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/Universitat de Barcelona)
    Language evolution is a problem, not a mystery
  • Bart de Boer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
    Computer models of evolution of speech
  • Tecumseh Fitch (The University of Vienna)
    The Comparative Biology of Language
  • Jim Hurford (The University of Edinburgh)
    Evolutionary bases of Linguistics
  • Simon Kirby (The University of Edinburgh)
    Cultural Evolution and the Origins of Linguistic Structure

Each short course will be comprised of four talks, the individual topics of which can be seen in the programme here.

Special Lectures

  • Koji Fujita (Kyoto University)
    The roots of merge (and merge of roots)
  • Takashi Hashimoto (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
    Three levels in human communication: emergence and evolution
  • Yoshiki Nishimura (The University of Tokyo)
    What is grammar all about?: A cognitive linguistic perspective
  • Shigeru Miyagawa (MIT)
    Integration hypothesis and the rapid emergence of language in evolution
  • Kazuo Okanoya (The University of Tokyo)
    Domestication and evolution in signal complexity
  • Hirokazu Takahashi (The University of Tokyo)
    Evolved intelligence from the Darwinian principle

The abstracts of the special lectures are available here.

Other Events

  • Discussion Panel 1:
    A) Utility of animal studies and constructive approaches
    B) How to integrate generative and cognitive perspectives
  • Discussion Panel 2:
    A) How much biology (or linguistics) do we need?
    B) The state of protolanguage theories
  • Welcome Reception
  • Poster Session 1
  • Poster Session 2
  • Cherry Blossom Viewing Lunch

Closed project meeting: There will be a small gathering for invited speakers following the event in Hakone (6-7April).

This page will be updated as additional details about the programme become available.