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This is the site of the
The Evolution of Language
which took place in
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications
Paris - France
Prof. Jean Aitchison (Oxford University),
Dr Jean-Louis Dessalles (E N S Telecommunications),
Prof. James R Hurford (University of Edinburgh),
Dr Chris Knight (University of East London),
Prof. Luc Steels (Sony CSL Paris and Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Jean-Louis Dessalles (ENST Paris), Laleh Ghadakpour (CREA), Frederic Kaplan (Sony CSL), Luc Steels (Sony CSL), François Yvon (ENST Paris).
Jean Aitchison (Worcester College), Robert C. Berwick (M.I.T.), Derek Bickerton (Univ. Hawaï), Ted Briscoe (University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory), Rene Carré (ENST Paris), Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig), Jean Louis Dessalles (ENST Paris), Jean Marie Hombert (Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Rhône Alpes), James R. Hurford (University of Edinburgh), Michel Imbert (Universite de Toulouse), Judy Kegl (University of Southern Maine), Simon Kirby (University of Edinburgh), Chris Knight (University of East London), Andre Langaney (Musée de l'Homme), Frederick J. Newmeyer (University of Washington), Luc Steels (Sony CSL & Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Michael Studdert Kennedy (Haskins Laboratories), Bernard Victorri (Ecole Normale Superieure Paris).
Confirmed Invited speakers:
Frans B. M. de Waal (Emory University), Stevan Harnad (University of Southampton), Bernd Heine (Universität zu Köln), Sue Savage Rumbaugh (Georgia State University), Herbert Terrace (Columbia University), Michael Tomasello (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology).
Groupe des Ecoles de Telecommunications
This is the third
International Conference on the Evolution of Language. The first one
took place in
The aim is to bring together linguists, computer scientists, anthropologists, palaeontologists, ethologists, geneticists, neuroscientists, and other scientists who are concerned with the question of the origin and evolution of language. For several decades, such issues were considered non-scientific, as it was possible to imagine any fanciful scenario which may have brought our ancestors to talk. Now scientific data from several disciplines, when put together, dramatically limit what can be said on the origin of language. This issue has become a genuine scientific problem.
Many different topics are relevant to the question of the evolution of human language:
origin of language
origin of phonetic abilities
origin of syntax
origin of symbolic representation semantic abilities
evolutionary significance of language, compatibility with natural selection
language and the origin of culture
chronology of the spread of mankind, and its relationship to language
the continuity/discontinuity of the language faculty with nonhuman communication systems.
dynamics of language evolution
evolution of phonetic systems
evolution of the lexicon
evolution of grammar structures
After the Conference, contributors will be asked to send longer papers. A selection of these papers will be published in book form before the next conference in the series.