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.
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.
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.
- 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.