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Plenary Speakers

6 years 24 weeks ago

We are pleased to announce a tentative list of plenary speakers for Evolang 9. There may be additions and changes to this list as the conference approaches, but for now the following speakers have been confirmed.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Noam Chomsky
  • Terrence Deacon
  • Simon Fisher
  • Tetsuro Matsuzawa
  • Jenny Saffran
  • Minoru Asada
  • Simon Kirby
  • Tom Griffiths
  • Cedric Boeckx


Call for Papers

6 years 36 weeks ago

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.

Important Dates (Provisional)


Submissions due: 15 August 2011
Acceptance notifications: 15 October 2011
Final versions due: 1 November 2011

The full call for papers is available here.


Welcome to the Evolang IX website

6 years 44 weeks ago
The 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang IX) will be held in the historical city of Kyoto, Japan, from the 13th to 16th of March 2012.

Details will be made available on this page as they become available.

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