Northwestern University Language Evolution Workshop

September 10, 2010 | University Hall 102

Human natural languages exhibit features that are apparent among no other species. At the same time, recent work in ethology and evolutionary game theory has revealed complex and subtle forms of communication between and within a variety of species, including but by no means limited to non-human primates. Research in linguistics, biology, philosophy and neuroscience has accordingly in recent years seen a significant increase in attention paid to issues of language origins. Currently, a wide variety of evolutionary hypotheses are being investigated, but it is clear that their resolution will require intensive collaboration among researchers from across the cognitive sciences. This workshop brings together some of these researchers both from within and outside the Northwestern community for a one-day workshop whose aim will be a vigorous discussion of some of the most controversial and exciting ideas in the field today.


Workshop organizers:

Brady Clark (Linguistics, Northwestern University)
Mitch Green (Philosophy, University of Virginia)

This workshop is made possible with the generous support of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, The Graduate School, the Cognitive Science Program, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Philosophy.

Attending the workshop:

Registration for the Language Evolution Workshop is now closed. We have reached seating capacity.