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)

Mark Dingemanse (MPI Nijmegen)

Gerhard Jäger (Tübingen)


Provisional programme for the day.

8.50-9 Welcome
9-10 Invited talk 1
10-10.30 Coffee
10.30-12.00 Contributed talks x 3
12-1 Lunch
1 – 2 Invited talk 2
2-2.15 Coffee
2.15-3.45 Contributed talks x 3
3.45-4.15 Coffee
4.15-5.15 Invited talk 3
5.30-7.30 Poster session with food and drinks


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