FINAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

4-Day Overview (detailed schedule here)

 

 

Wednesday, April 12

3:00 pm

Registration

4:10 pm

Alberto Piazza

5:10 pm

Leonard Talmy

6:10 pm

Welcome Buffet

 

Thursday, April 13

9:00 am

Luc Steels

10:00 am

Robert Seyfarth & Dorothy Cheney

11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am

SESSION A1

SESSION B1

SESSION C1

1:10 pm

Lunch

2:40 pm

SESSION A2

SESSION B2

SESSION C2

4:40 pm

Coffee Break

5:10 pm

Vittorio Gallese

6:20 pm

SESSION A3

SESSION B3

SESSION C3

 

Friday, April 14

9:00 am

Steven Mithen

10:00 am

Michael Tomasello

11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am

SESSION A4

SESSION B4

SESSION C4

1:10 pm

Lunch

2:40 pm

SESSION A5

SESSION B5

SESSION C5

4:40 pm

Coffee Break

5:10 pm

SESSION A6

SESSION B6

SESSION C6

8:30 pm

Conference Dinner at “La Cesarina” Restaurant

 

Saturday, April 15

9:00 am

Domenico Parisi

10:00 am

Tecumseh Fitch

11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am

SESSION A7

SESSION B7

SESSION C7

1:30 pm

Lunch

2:30 pm

SESSION A8

SESSION B8

SESSION C8

4:30 pm

General Discussion and Conclusion (ends at 5:30pm)

 

 

 

DETAILED CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

Wednesday, April 12

April 12

 

3:00 pm

Registration

4:00 pm

WELCOME

4:10 pm

 

Plenary Talk 1

Alberto Piazza

“Diffusion of Genes and Languages in Human Evolution”

Chair:
Jim Hurford

5:10 pm

 

Plenary Talk 2

Leonard Talmy

Recombinance in the Evolution of Language”

 

6:10 pm

WELCOME BUFFET

FOYER

8:00 pm

END

 

 

Thursday, April 13

April 13

 

8:30 am

Registration

9:00 am

 

Plenary Talk 3

Luc Steels

“The Recruitment Theory of Language Origins”

Chair:
Maggie Tallerman

10:00 am

 

Plenary Talk 4

Robert Seyfarth & Dorothy Cheney

“Primate Social Cognition and the Cognitive Precursors of Language”

 

11:00 am

Coffee Break

 

SESSION A1

(Chair: Elisabetta Visalberghi)

SESSION B1

(Chair: Andrew Smith)

SESSION C1

(Chair: Frederick J. Newmeyer)

11:30 am

Jacques Vauclair & Adrien Meguerditchian

Lateralization of intentional gestures  in non human primates: baboons communicate with their right hand

Kazutoshi Sasahara, Bjorn Merker & K. Okanoya

The roles of segmentation ability in language evolution

Maggie Tallerman

A holistic protolanguage cannot be stored, cannot be retrieved

 

11:55 am

Katie Slocombe & Klaus Zuberbühler

Agonistic screams in wild chimpanzees: candidates for functionally referential signals

Didier Demolin & Véronique Delvaux

A comparison of the articulatory parameters involved in the production of sound of bonobos and modern humans

Simon Kirby

Major transitions in the evolution of language

12:20 pm

Erica Cartmill & Richard Byrne

Determining signaler intentions; use of multiple gestures in captive Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus)

Bart de Boer

Articulator constraints and the descended larynx

Jill Bowie

The evolution of meaningful combinatoriality

12:45 pm

Kate Arnold & Klaus Zuberbühler

Alarm calls and organised imperatives in male putty-nosed monkeys

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer

Bootstrapping shared combinatorial speech codes from basic imitation: the role of self-organization

Mark Bartlett & Dimitar Kazakov

The evolution of syntactic capacity from navigational ability

1:10 pm

Lunch

 

SESSION A2

(Chair: Jean-Louis Dessalles)

SESSION B2

(Chair: Bart De Boer)

SESSION C2

(Chair: Morten Christiansen)

2:40 pm

Mark Jeffreys

Natural-language “cheap talk” enables coordination on a social-dilemma game in a culturally homogeneous population

Dan Dediu

Mostly out of Africa, but what did the others have to say?

Joachim de Beule & Benjamin K. Bergen

On the emergence of compositionality

3:20 pm

Chris Knight

Language co-evolved with the rule of law

Sverker Johansson

Constraining the time when language evolved

Tao Gong, James W. Minett, William S-Y. Wang

Computational simulation on the co-evolution of compositionality and regularity

4:00 pm

Joseph Poulshock

The evolution of language as a precursor  to the evolution of morality

Susan J. Lanyon

A saltationist approach for the evolution of human cognition and language

James W. Minett, Tao Gong, William S-Y. Wang

A language emergence model predicts word order bias

4:40 pm

Coffee Break

5:10 pm

 

Plenary Talk 5

Vittorio Gallese

“The Linguistic Body: Embodied Simulation and Its Role in Language Processing”

Chair:
Michael Arbib

6:10 pm

walk to parallel sessions

 

SESSION A3

(Chair: David Gil)

SESSION B3

(Chair: Paul Vogt)

SESSION C3

(Chair: Kenny Smith)

6:20 pm

Timothy J. Crow

Nuclear schizophrenic symptoms as the key to the origins of language

Tony Belpaeme & Joris Bleys

The subtle interplay between language and category acquisition and how it explains
the universality of colour categories

Ivan Nasidze & Mark Stoneking

Mother tongue: concominant replacement of language and MtDNA in South Caspian populations of Iran

6:45 pm

Natalie Uomini

Prehistoric handedness: some hard evidence

David J. C. Hawkey

The interrelated evolutions of colour vision, colour and colour terms

Willem Zuidema and Timothy O'Donnell

Beyond the argument from design

 

7:10 pm

END

 


Friday, April 14

April 14

 

8:30 am

Registration

9:00 am

 

Plenary Talk 6

Steven Mithen

“The Origin of Music and its Linguistic Significance for Modern Humans”

Chair:
Chris Knight

10:00 am

 

Plenary Talk 7

Michael Tomasello

“Ape Gestures and Human Language”

 

11:00 am

Coffee Break

 

SESSION A4

(Chair: James W. Minett)

SESSION B4

(Chair: Jordan Zlatev)

SESSION C4

(Chair: Ted Briscoe)

11:30 am

Samson Tikitu de Jager

Evolutionary support for a procedural semantics for generalised quantifiers

Frederick J. Newmeyer

What can grammaticalization tell us about the origins of language?

Padraic Monaghan & Morten H. Christiansen

Iconic versus arbitrary mappings and the cultural transmission of language

11:55 am

Joanna J. Bryson

The adaptive advantages of knowledge transmission

Frank Landsbergen

Modelling unidirectionality in semantic change

Bruno Galantucci, Theo Rhodes, Christian Kroos

Rapidity of fading and the emergence of duality of patterning

12:20 pm

Sara Mitri & Paul Vogt

Co-evolution of language and behaviour iin autonomous robots

José F. Fontanari & Leonid I. Perlovksy

Allee effect on language evolution

Jinyun Ke, Christophe Coupé & Tao Gong

A little bit more, a lot better: language emergence from quantitative to qualitative change

12:45 pm

Daniel W. Smith

 An individual-based mechanism for adaptive semantic change

Takashi Hashimoto & Masaya Nakatsuka

 Reconsidering Kirby's compositionality model towards modelling grammaticalization

 

Ching-Pong Au

Perception acquisition as the causes for transition patterns in phonological evolution

1:10 pm

Lunch

 

SESSION A5

(Chair: Jose Fernando Fontanari)

SESSION B5

(Chair: Kate Arnold)

SESSION C5

(Chair: Leonid Perlovsky)

2:40 pm

Andrew D. M. Smith

Semantic reconstructibility and the complexification of language

Michael A. Arbib, James Bonaiuto & Edina Rosta

The mirror system hypothesis: From a macaque-like mirror system to imitation

Marco Mirolli & Domenico Paris

 Talking to oneself as a selective pressure for the emergence of language

3:20 pm

David Gil

Early human language was isolating-monocategorial-associational

Simone Pika & Katja Liebal

Differences and similarities between the natural gestural communication of the great apes and human children

Thom Scott-Phillips

Why talk?  Speaking as selfish behaviour

4:00 pm

Kenny Smith

The protolanguage debate: bridging the gap?

Jordan Zlatev & The SEDSU Project

Stages in the Evolution and Development of Sign Use

Gary Lupyan

Labels facilitate learning of novel categories            

4:40 pm

Coffee Break

 

SESSION A6

(Chair: Robert van Rooy)

SESSION B6

(Chair: Tony Belpaeme)

SESSION C6

(Chair: Bruno Galantucci)

5:10 pm

Morten H. Christiansen, Florencia Reali
& Nick Chater

The Baldwin effect works for functional, but not arbitrary, features of language

Paul Vogt

Overextensions and the emergence of compositionality

Wolfram Hinzen

Minimalist foundations of language evolution:

on the question of why language is the way it is

5:50 pm

Mike Dowman, Simon Kirby & Thomas L. Griffiths

Innateness and culture in the evolution of language

Ruth Schulz, Paul Stockwell, Mark Wakabayashi & Janet Wiles

Towards a spatial language for mobile robots

Nathalie Gontier

An epistemological inquiry into the “what is language” question and the “what did language evolve for” question

6:30 pm

Graham Ritchie & Simon Kirby

Modelling the transititon to learned communication: an initial investigation into the ecological conditions favouring cultural transmission

Davide Marocco & Stefano Nolfi

Emergence of communication in teams of embodied and situated agents

Anna R. Parker

Evolving the narrow language faculty:  was recursion the pivotal step?

7:10 pm

END – go to restaurant

8:30 pm

CONFERENCE DINNER AT “LA CESARINA” RESTAURANT

 

 

 


Saturday, April 15

April 15

 

8:30 am

Registration

9:00 am

 

Plenary Talk 8

Domenico Parisi

“Simulating the Evolutionary Emergence of Language: A Research Agenda”

Chair:
Angelo Cangelosi

10:00 am

 

Plenary Talk 9

Tecumseh Fitch

“The Evolution of Spoken Language: A Comparative Approach”

 

11:00 am

Coffee Break

 

SESSION A7

(Chair: Sverker Johansson)

SESSION B7

(Chair: Jacques Vauclair)

SESSION C7

(Chair: Stefano Nolfi)

11:30 am

James R. Hurford

Proto-propositions

Ted Briscoe

Language learning, power laws and sexual selection

Cecilia Di Chio & Paolo Di Chio

Simulation model for the evolution of language with spatial topology

12:10 pm

Robert van Rooij

Evolutionary games and semantic universals

Shashi Mittal & Harish Karnik

Learning models for language acquisition

Guy de Pauw

Towards a fixed word-order in a society of agents: a data-driven baseline perspective

12:50 pm

Gerhard Jäger

Convex meanings and evolutionary stability

Henk Zeevat

Grammaticalisation and evolution

Andrea Baronchelli, Vittorio Loreto, Luca Dall’Asta, Alain Barrat

Bootstrapping communication in language games: strategy, topology and all that

1:30 pm

Lunch

 

SESSION A8

(Chair: Mark Jeffreys)

SESSION B8

(Chair: Simon Kirby)

SESSION C8

(Chair: Davide Marocco)

2:30 pm

Jean-Louis Dessalles

Generalised signalling:
a possible solution to the paradox of language

Sverker Johansson

Working backwards from modern language to proto-grammar

John L. Locke

Interaction of developmental and evolutionary processes in the emergence of spoken language

3:10 pm

Stefan Hoefler

Why has ambiguous syntax emerged?

Marco Turchi & Nello Cristianini

A statistical analysis of language evolution

Dennis Philps

From mouth to hand

3:50 pm

Daniel A. Sternberg & Morten H. Christiansen

The implications of bilingualism and multilingualism on potential evolved language mechanisms

Monica Tamariz

Selection dynamics in language form and language meaning

Leonid I. Perlovsky & José F. Fontanari

How language can guide intelligence

 

 

 

 

4:30 pm

GENERAL DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION

(Chair: Jim Hurford)

5:30 pm

CONFERENCE ENDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

General information

 

Lecture rooms:    Aula Cinema and Aula Alfa are in the main site of the Centro Congressi and can be accessed directly from the Foyer. Aula Cortile is just outside the Conference Centre.

Computer Lab:    In Basement Floor. Opening: April 13 and 14 (10am-6pm), April 14 (10am-2pm).

Coffee breaks:     In Foyer

Lunch:                  Around via Salaria, Piazza Fiume and Porta Pia there is a variety of restaurants and eating places (Pizza al taglio, Self-service restaurants, Bars)

 

Where?

SESSION A

AULA CINEMA

SESSION B

AULA ALFA

SESSION C

AULA CORTILE

 

 


FURTHER INFORMATION

Address all queries to evolang6@ling.ed.ac.uk

Last updated March 30, 2006