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. We welcome submissions using experimental, modelling and corpus-based approaches to investigate these questions.

The workshop precedes the 8th Experimental Pragmatics Conference (19th-21st June), also held in Edinburgh.  

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

We invite interested researchers to submit abstracts for talks (provisionally 20 minutes + 10 minutes of discussion), as well as poster presentations, on any topic related to the workshop theme. The submission deadline is 1st March 2019, 11:59 pm Anywhere on Earth. Authors will be notified by early April. Abstracts must be submitted as PDFs, not to exceed one page including figures, examples and references, 12 point font size. Abstracts must be written in English and should include a title and author details. Submit abstracts by email to


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.


Details to appear once the programme has been finalised.


The workshop is organised by Kenny Smith, Stella Frank, Carmen Saldana, Jia Loy, Tamar Johnson and Amira Saouri. Any questions, please email