The next EVOLANG conference will be held in Barcelona (Spain) in the spring of 2008. Evolang7 website here.


The Sixth International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang6) was held in Rome on 12-15 April 2006. The conference will take place at the Centro Congressi (Conference Centre) of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, via Salaria 113 (Map).


The conference will include substantive contributions relating to the evolution of human language from any relevant discipline, including Anthropology, Genetics, Population Biology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Psychology, Primatology, Ethology, Paleontology, Archeology, Artificial Life, Mathematical Modelling. All accepted papers and abstracts have been published in a proceedings volume edited by A. Cangelosi, A. Smith and K. Smith (World Scientific Publishing). After the conference, some papers will be selected for an extended submission to the journals Mind & Society (guest edited by A. Cangelosi) and Interaction Studies (one yearly issue of Interaction Studies is dedicated to Evolution of Communication, and is edited by Jim Hurford).


The conference program with links to papers/abstracts is available in the Program webpage.

The Evolang6 proceedings can be ordered in the publisher’s website.


Plenary Speakers

Tecumseh Fitch                  Department of Psychology, University of St. Andrews (UK)

Vittorio Gallese                  Department of Human Physiology, University of Parma (Italy)

Steven Mithen                     Department of Anthropology, University of Reading (UK)

Domenico Parisi                Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology, CNR Rome (Italy)

Alberto Piazza (& Luigi Cavalli Sforza) University of Turin (Italy) and University of Stanford (US)

Robert Seyfarth & Dorothy Cheney  Departments of Psychology and Biology, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Luc Steels                           Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and SONY Computer Science Lab (France)

Leonard Talmy                   Department of Linguistics, University of Buffalo (US)

Michael Tomasello             Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany)


Important Dates

October 1, 2005                 Paper submission (expired)

December 1, 2005            Notification of acceptance/rejection

January 3, 2006                 Camera-ready submission

January 31, 2006               Early registration deadline

April 12-15, 2006               Conference


Conference Organizing Committee

Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth)

Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig)

Jean-Louis Dessalles (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris)

Tecumseh Fitch (University of St Andrews)

James R Hurford (University of Edinburgh)

Chris Knight (University of East London)

Domenico Parisi (ISTC-CNR, National Research Council Rome)

Maggie Tallerman (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)

Alison Wray (Cardiff University)


Local Organizing Committee

Davide Marocco (ISTC-CNR Rome) – local organizing committee chair

Andrew Smith (University of Edinburgh)

Kenny Smith (University of Edinburgh)

Alberto Acerbi (ISTC-CNR Rome and University of Siena)

Massimiliano Caretti (ISTC-CNR Rome)

Allegra Cattani (University of Plymouth)

Eduardo Coutinho (University of Plymouth)

Andrea Di Ferdinando (ISTC-CNR Rome and University of Padova)

Onofrio Gigliotta (ISTC-CNR Rome and University of Palermo)

Isabella La Rovere (University of Genoa)

Gianluca Massera (ISTC-CNR Rome and University of Plymouth)

Mariagiovanna Mazzapioda (ISTC-CNR Rome and University of Plymouth)

Orazio Miglino (University of Naples “Federico II” and ISTC-CNR Rome)

Marco Mirolli (ISTC-CNR Rome and University of Siena)

Stefano Nolfi (ISTC-CNR Rome)

Angelo Rega (ISTC-CNR Rome and University of Naples “Federico II”)

Vadim Tikhanoff (University of Plymouth)




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Last updated March 16, 2006