Paris April 3-6, 2000

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications
Paris - France




The Conference will run from Monday afternoon (14h00) to Thursday noon

with plenary and parallel sessions.


Invited Speakers

Frans B. M. de Waal (Emory University)
Stevan Harnad (University of Southampton)
Bernd Heine (Universität zu Köln)
Sue Savage Rumbaugh (Georgia State University)
Herbert Terrace (Columbia University)
Michael Tomasello (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)


Oral presentations

[papers are listed by first author's name]

Irene Appelbaum
Two Conceptions of the Emergence of Phonemic Structure

Christian Balkenius - Peter Gärdenfors - Lars Hall
The Origin of Symbols in the Brain

John Batali
Negotiating Syntax

Derek Bickerton
Foraging versus Social Intelligence in the Evolution of Protolanguage

Rudolf P. Botha
On the Role of Bridge Theories in Accounts of the Evolution of Language

Ted Briscoe
Macro and Micro Models of Linguistic Evolution

Seth Bullock
Something to Talk About: Conflict and Coincidence of Interest in the Evolution of Shared Meaning

Robbins Burling
The Slow Growth of Language in Children

Angelo Cangelosi
Evolution of Symbolisation in Chimpanzees and Neural Nets

Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy
Broca's Aphasia and the Origin of Syntax

Morten H. Christiansen
Using Artificial Language Learning to Study Language Evolution: Exploring the Emergence of Word Order Universals

Michael C. Corballis
Did Language Evolve from Manual Gestures?

Tim Crow
Putative Location and Identity of the Gene for Cerebral Asymmetry and Language

Robert Damper
Ontogenetic versus Phylogenetic Learning in the Emergence of Phonetic Categories

Iain Davidson
Tools, Language and the Origins of Culture

Bart de Boer
Studying Language Evolution with Self-Organisation and Phonetics

Jean-Louis Dessalles
Two Stages in the Evolution of Language Use

Isabelle Dupanloup de Ceuninck - André Langaney - Laurent Excoffier
Correlation between Genetic and Linguistic Differentiation of Human Populations: The Specific Action of Linguistic Boundaries on Gene Flow?

Michelle R. Ellefson - Morten H. Christiansen
The Evolution of Subjacency without Universal Grammar: Evidence from Artificial Language Learning

Tecumseh Fitch
Vocal Production in Nonhuman Mammals: Implications for the Evolution of Speech

Keith Frankish
Evolving the Linguistic Mind

David Gil
The Evolution of Syntactic Categories

Jonathan Ginzburg
The Evolution of Communicative Interaction Systems: A Formal Semantics Perspective

Jean-Marie Hombert - Charles Li
The Time Scale of Language Evolution

James R. Hurford
The Roles of Communication and Representation in Language Evolution

Christine M. Johnson
The Control of Affective Expression: The Origins of Symbolic Reference

Simon Kirby
Language and Adaptation: How Learning and Laziness Compete in the Emergence of Morphosyntax

Chris Knight
From 'Nursing Poke' to Syntactical Speech

Daniel Livingstone
A Modified-Neutral Theory for the Evolution of Linguistic Diversity

Peter F. MacNeilage - Barbara L. Davis
Two Approaches to the Evolution of Speech: Neo-Darwinism and Generative Phonology

Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen
The Evolution of Language: A Systemic Functional Exploration of Phylogenetic Phases

Lorraine McCune
Grunts: A Gateway to Vocal Communication and Language?

Frederick J. Newmeyer
Uniformitarian Assumptions and Language Evolution Research

Jason Noble
Defining Animal Communication, and Why It Matters for Understanding the Evolution of Language

John J. Ohala
The Irrelevance of the Lowered Larynx in Modern Man for the Development of Speech

Kazuo Okanoya
Finite-State Syntax in Bengalese Finch Song: From Birdsong to the Origin of Language

Ernest Palfrey
Immediate Checkability as a Criterion for the Establishment of the Very First Words

Emmanuelle Perrone
The Emergence of Phonology in a Population of Artificial Agents in Phonetic Naming Game

Ullin Place
From Icon to Symbol: An Important Transition in the Evolution of Language

[We were sorry to learn that Prof. Ullin Place died on 2nd January 2000.
His paper will be included in the Conference Proceedings]

Estella S. Poloni - Nicolas Ray - Stefan Schneider - André Langaney
Languages and Genes: Modes of Transmission Observed through the Analysis of Male-Specific and Female-Specific Genes

Andrei Popescu-Belis - John Batali
Incremental Simulations of the Emergence of Grammar: Towards Complex Sentence-Meaning Mappings

Gregory Radick
Ape Language Experiments: Instruction, Translation, and the Evolutionary Origins of Language

Sonia Ragir
Communities with Indigenous Sign Languages: Clues to the Dynamics of Language Origins

Eric A. Salzen
From Calls to Words: Bridging the Divide

Geoffrey Sampson
Language is Not an Instinct

Ira Sanders
Human Vocal Folds Are Uniquely Specialised for Speech

Ann Senghas
Evolution of Grammar: The Grammaticization of Nicaraguan Sign Language by Sequential Iterations of Native Acquisition

John R. Skoyles
The Singing Origin Theory of Speech

Keneth Smith
Learners Are Losers: Natural Selection and Learning in the Evolution of Communication

Luc Steels - Frédéric Kaplan - A. McIntyre - J. Van Looveren
Crucial Factors in the Origins of Word-Meaning

Michael Studdert-Kennedy
Imitation, Phonetic Segments and the Emergence of Self

Bradley Tonkes - Janet Wiles
Minimally Biased Learners and the Emergence of Compositional Language

Rüdiger Vaas
Evolving Language, I-Consciousness and Free Will

Bernard Victorri
The Role of Narration in the Emergence of Human Language

Tim Wharton
Interjections, Language & the 'Showing'/'Telling' Continuum

Henning Wode
The Contribution of Speech Perception for the Evolution of the Capacity for Phonological Systems in Homo Sapiens

Robert Worden
The Co-evolution of Language and Emotion

Alison Wray
A Protolanguage with No Declaratives and No Names

Hajime Yamauchi
Can the Baldwin Effect Really Explain the Evolution of LAD?

Tadeusz Wieslaw Zawidzki
Culture vs. Propositional Thought as 'Missing Link' in the Evolution of Language



 Christian Abry - Rafael Laboissiere
Who's Afraid of the Co-Evolution of Medial and Lateral Cortices for Speech?

Denis Bouchard
The Physical Origin of Syntax

Jill Boucher
Time Processing and Levels of Representation: Implications for the Evolution of Language

Ingar Brinck
Attention and the Evolution of Intentional Communication

William H. Calvin
Corticocortical Coherence as an English Step for Fluent Nested Embedding

Guy de Pauw - Walter Daelemans
Grael, Grammar Adaptation, Evolution and Learning

Lynn E. DeLisi
The Inheritance of Language Deficits in Schizophrenia: Relationship to the Evolution of Human Linguistic Ability

Thomas Dickins
A Non-Modular Suggestion about the Origin of Symbols

Karl C. Diller
Why Linguists and Anthropologists Should Be Interested in the Aquatic Ape Theory for the Origin of Speech

Peter F. Dominey
Evolution of Dissociable Processing of Function vs. Content Words for Syntactic Comprehension

Karl Erland Gadelii
Creolization as the Superposing of Functional Structure on Lexical Projections

Rebecca Harrison - Pia Nystrom
How Can the Study of Limb Preference Be Used to Investigate the Evolutionary Emergence of Language?

Ichiro Igari - Takashi Ikegami
Modeling Discourse Complexity

Chris Long
Saussure and Catastrophe: A Formal Investigation into the Evolution of Word-Combination

Christiane Marchello-Nizia
'Grammaticalization' and Evolution of the Grammatical Structure

Egidio Marsico - Christophe Coupé - François Pellegrino
Evaluating the Influence of Language Contact on Lexical Changes

Pieter Muysken
Module Interaction, Language Origins, Language Diversity

Michael Patterson - Benjamin Martin Bly
Cognitive, Neurobiological, and Evolutionary Links between Language and Memory

Isabelle Tellier
Semantic-Drivan Emergence of Syntax: The Principle of Compositionality Upside-Down

Marc Verhaegen - Stephen Munro
The Origin of Phonetic Abilities: A Study of the Comparative Data with Reference to the Aquatic Theory

Chris Westbury
Just Say No: The Evolutionary and Developmental Significance of Negation in Behavior and Natural Language

Willem H. Zuidema - P. Hogeweg
Social Patterns Guide Evolving Grammars


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