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Conference Program

The main conference and workshop programs are now available for download by clicking on the following links. There will likely be changes to these timetable between now and the conference, and it is therefore recommend that you confirm the talk schedule a few days before the conference.

Workshop Proceedings

The combined proceedings of the five workshops is available for download at the link below. A printed copy of this volume will be provided to participants at registration.

Plenary Speakers
  • Terrence Deacon
  • Simon Fisher
  • Tetsuro Matsuzawa
  • Jenny Saffran
  • Minoru Asada
  • Simon Kirby
  • Tom Griffiths
  • Cedric Boeckx
  • Russell Gray
  • Rafael Nunez
  • Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini

Invited Speakers
  • Kazuo Fujita
  • Tao Gong
  • Atsushi Iriki
  • Noriko Osumi
  • Charles Yang


Theoretical Linguistics/Biolinguistics
Organizers: Roger Martin (Yokohama National University) & Koji Fujita (Kyoto University)
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Language and the Brain
Organizers: Noriaki Yusa (Miyagi Gakuin Women's University) & Hajime Ono (Kinki University)
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Emotion and Language
Organizer: Tomomi Fujimura (ERATO, JST)
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Animal Communication and Language Evolution
Organizers: Johan Bolhuis (Utrecht University) & Kazuo Okanoya (University of Tokyo)
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Constructive Approaches to Language Evolution
Organizers: Reiji Suzuki (Nagoya University) & Takashi Hashimoto (JAIST)
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Please see the workshops page for details of the program of individual workshops.

Related Events

We are also pleased to announce the following events also taking place in Japan around the time of the conference:

  • Tokyo Evolutionary Linguistics Forum - March 19, 2012, Tokyo
- Evolutionary Linguistics after Kyoto -

Venue: Building 18, Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo

Invited Speakers:
  • Bart de Boer (University of Amsterdam)
  • Erica Cartmill (University of Chicago)
  • Rafael Núñez (University of california, San Diego)
  • Thom Scott-Phillips (University of Edinburgh)
  • Monica Tamariz (University of Edinburgh)
  • Jordan Zlatev (Lund University)
  • More to be added shortly

Full details available at:

  • Kyoto Conference on Biolinguistics - March 12, 2012, Kyoto
- The Human Language Faculty: Its Design, Development and Evolution -

Venue: Shirankaikan Inamori Hall, Kyoto University

Invited Speakers:

  • Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/University of Barcelona)
  • Denis Bouchard (University of Quebec at Montreal)
  • Naoki Fukui (Sophia University)
  • Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (University of Arizona)
  • Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania)
Full details available at:
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