Cradle of Language Conference – South Africa – 7-10 November 2006

The University of Stellenbosch (US) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) are jointly organizing a multidisciplinary, international conference on language evolution – The Cradle of Language Conference (CLC) – to be held from 7 – 10 November 2006 in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Wonderful to see a conference of this caliber (see speakers) in the fairest Cape. viva Afrika!!

I am just wondering if Phillip Tobias (being a South-African) will be there?! Certainly one of the first serious thinkers on the evolution of language and a personal inspiration for my interest in the evolution of our mind.

Professor Tobias is particularly famous for his of analysis of the sulcal patterns on endocasts of fossil skulls from which he argued that both Broca’s and Wernicke’s can be recognised Homo habilis (in particular Homo ergaster) but not in Australopithicus.

Here is two good biographies of the good Professor:

Tobias: giant of science turns 80 : 14 October 2005

Profile of Professor P. Tobias

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