Interaction and the Evolution of Linguistic Complexity

18th June 2019, Bayes Centre, Edinburgh

This workshop will provide a forum for discussion for researchers interested in how languages are shaped by processes operating during communicative interaction, and particularly in how communicative interaction might lead to the accumulation or loss of linguistic complexity. Submissions bringing quantitative data to bear on this question are welcome – given the co-location with the 8th Experimental Pragmatics Conference (19th-21st June), we expect that experimental work will be well-represented, but will also be open to modelling or corpus-based approaches.  

Participation is free of charge, and refreshments will be provided. The workshop has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement 681942, held by Kenny Smith).


Judith Degen (Stanford)

Gerhard Jäger (Tübingen)

Additional invited speakers to be confirmed.

Abstract Submission

Details to appear.


Details to appear – for the purposes of planning travel, we are likely to start at 9am or shortly after, talks will conclude by 5pm and be followed by a reception.


Any questions, please email