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Workshops Call For Papers (Please note, the deadline for submissions has now passed.)

EVOLANG 9 Workshops. 13 March, 2012. Kyoto, Japan.

We invite submissions of abstracts to the following four workshops scheduled for the first day of 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG9):

  • Language and Brain
  • Emotion and Language
  • Animal Communication and Language Evolution
  • Constructive Approaches to Language Evolution

Further details and descriptions of these workshops are available on the workshops page.


In preparing abstracts for submission, please make use of the standard EVOLANG format for 2-page abstract submissions. The relevant templates are provided below. Please note, the 2-page submission format does not require the abstract section included in these templates.

MS Word doc
MS Word pdf
Latex zip archive
Latex pdf

The Constructive Approaches to Language Evolution workshop is somewhat flexible, and allows submissions of papers between 2-10 pages (These should also be formatted according to the standard EVOLANG stylesheets).

Abstracts should be submitted directly to the contact address of the relevant workshop listed on the workshops page. Please note that the Theoretical Linguistics/Biolinguistics workshop is by invitation only and will not be accepting abstracts. The other four workshops will select 4-8 submitted papers for oral presentation. The abstracts of selected talks will not be included in the main conference proceedings, but will be included in a separate workshop booklet distributed to conference participants and made available for download on this website.


The conference will be offering limited financial support to help student authors attend the conference to present their own work. This applies equally to students accepted to give presentations as part of the main conference or workshops. Please see this page for application details.

For further details please see the workshops page or contact the organizer of the relevant workshop.


Submissions due: 13 Jan 2012
Acceptance notifications: Early February 2012
Workshops: 13 March 2012

Main Conference Call For Papers (Please note, the deadline for submissions has now passed.)

EVOLANG 9. 13-16 March, 2012. Kyoto, Japan.

The 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language invites substantive contributions relating to the evolution of human language. Submissions may be in any relevant discipline, including, but not limited to, anthropology, archeology, artificial life, biology, cognitive science, genetics, linguistics, modeling, paleontology, physiology, primatology, and psychology. Normal standards of academic excellence apply. Submitted papers should aim to make clear their own substantive claim, relating this to relevant scientific literature, and briefly setting out the method by which the claim is substantiated, the nature of the relevant data, and/or the core of the theoretical argument concerned. Submissions may be theory-based, but empirical studies should not rest on preliminary results.


Attendees are limited to one first-authored podium presentation and one first-authored poster per person. There is no limit on second-authored presentations or posters. There are two possible types of submission: Full Papers, which can have a length of between 6 and 8 pages, and Abstracts, which can be up to 2 pages long. All accepted submissions will be published in the proceedings of the conference in a bound volume. All papers or abstracts accepted will be allotted the same presentation length (probably 15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion). In addition to podium presentations, a dedicated poster session will be held. There will be prizes for the best student presentation and the best poster (from any author); please see below. Please indicate whether your submission is to be considered for inclusion as a talk only, a poster only, or both. Submissions should be made via this website (check back soon for details).


The Hurford Prize, which is sponsored by Oxford University Press, is awarded at each Evolang conference to the best student presentation, as judged by the Evolang organising committee. The prize is 200GBP of OUP books.

The Interaction Studies Best Poster Prize is sponsored by John Benjamins. It is open to all, and includes a 200 euro cash award, and a year’s free subscription to Interaction Studies.


Fushimi inari - Photo by Paul Vlaar

Submissions due: 8 September 2011
Acceptance notifications: Early November 2011
Final versions due: 1 December 2011


Proceedings will be published by World Scientific. Submissions must be formatting according the following guidelines/stylesheets:

MS Word doc
MS Word pdf
Latex zip archive
Latex pdf

Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines will not appear in the conference proceedings. In particular, please do not change the margins, line spacing, font size, etc.

Please note: For 2-page abstracts, please use the same template as for the long papers, but just make them 2 pages long. Additionally, there is no need to include the "abstract" section in 2-page abstracts.

Submissions can be made at:

Any queries regarding submissions can be sent to


Science Magazine coverage of topics discussed at EVOLANG 8 in Utrecht, Netherlands:

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