Archive for the ‘Conferences’ category

Proceedings of the 6th evolution of language conference

July 9, 2006

The Sixth International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang6) was held in
Rome on 12-15 April 2006. Proceedings is available here…

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Third International Symposium on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication

July 9, 2006

 The EELC III workshop will focus on empirical and modelling research on the emergence of symbol grounding and other aspects of linguistic communication in language evolution and language acquisition. The key questions relate to how symbolic communication can emerge from interactions of individuals with their environment, including other individuals, and how such communication can become meaningful to the individual or population. Research methods that are used to study these issues include experimental and observational studies on child language acquisition and animal communication; theoretical and computational modelling; and (robotic) simulations of adaptive behaviour.

as part of: FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS 9
The Ninth International Conference on the SIMULATION OF ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR (SAB’06) 25 – 29 September 2006, CNR, Roma, Italy

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

July 9, 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