Fourth International Conference on the Evolution of Language

Evolution of Language:
Fourth International Conference, 2002.

Harvard University

Wednesday March 27th --- Saturday March 30th

Local Organizer: Tecumseh Fitch (Harvard University)


Accomodation is very expensive in Boston and Cambridge. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, since we have expended considerable effort trying to find cheaper options. Because the conference will occur during the school year, dormitory rooms will still be occupied by students and will not be available.

We have negotiated reduced conference rates at three hotels, the Sheraton, the Charles and the Kendall. See below for details of each, but note that the discount rates require that people mention the evolution of language conference AT THE TIME OF BOOKING to the get the discount rates.

The conference hotel is the Sheraton Commander Hotel, a convenient 5-minute walk from the conference location, and we have negotiated at low $150/night rate with them. This is the cheapest hotel room you will find near Harvard Square. We have reserved 50 rooms at the Sheraton at a low conference price of $150 (single or shared). These are available first come-first served. The shared rooms have two washbasins, one in and one outside the bathroom, and so will be quite convenient for those who wish to double up and halve the price. The price is the same for singles or shares, so you can half this price by teaming up with someone else.

We have a group rate of $165/night at the posh Charles Hotel, in the middle of Harvard Square, which is an excellent deal for such a nice hotel.

We also have a low rate at the Kendall Hotel: $129 single or double (incl. continental breakfast.). This is the nearest hotel in Cambridge cheaper than the Sheraton: it is located in Kendall Square in the heart of MIT (in the completely renovated 1896 Victorian Engine Firehouse) This is quite convenient, only two stops on the subway (no more than 15 minutes). For reservations call: 617-354-3600 and mention the Evolution of Language conference.

Slightly lower rates may be available further from Harvard, for example in the Back Bay region of Boston (e.g. Back Bay Hilton, 40 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115-3123; Tel: 1-617-236-1100 Fax: 1-617-867-6104) or in the nearby suburbs of Somerville or Medford. However, these more distant options will require 15-30 minutes transportation each way.

There are two small bed & breakfasts nearby, Irving House and Harding House, with some rooms available and slightly lower prices.

Click here for other Bed & Breakfasts in the Boston area.

One that is not too far is in Central Square (15 minute walk to the conference center, or one subway stop) A Friendly Inn (1673 Cambridge Street, Cambridge (617) 547-7851)

The Sheraton Commander
The Sheraton Commander Hotel at Harvard Square offers services and amenities such as a fitness room, restaurant, cafi-lounge, rooms service, valet parking, 24-hour cab stand, dry cleaning service and much more. Guest rooms are furnished with telephones with data ports, coffee maker, hair blow dryer and an iron and ironing board.
For reservations please use one of the following options: Please ask for the Evolution of Language group guest room rate. Please call by February 25, 2002. Guest rooms are subject to availability
617-547-4800 (main number for hotel)
800-535-5007 (inside the US)
Note that you CANNOT get the group discount rate if you book on the Web.

For outside of the US, the following numbers can be used to reach the Sheraton Reservation Center: Argentina 0800-888-3535; Australia 1-800-07-3535; Austria and Belgium 00800-325-353535; Brazil 0800-11-1345; Canada 800-325-2525; Chile 0800-20-3535; China 800-810-3088; Denmark 00800-325-353535; Fiji 00800-2114; Finland, France and Germany 00800-325-353535; Greece 00800-353-12029; Hong Kong 2317-3388; Hungary 06800-11535; Indonesia 001-803-65-7074; Ireland and Israel 00800-325-353535; Italy 800-780525; Japan 0120-003-535; Korea 0800-325-35353; Kuwait 241-5000; Luxembourg 0800-3535; Macau 00800-325-35353; Malaysia 1-800-80-1001; Mexico 01-800-9032500; The Netherlands 00800-325-353535; New Zealand 00800-325-35353; Norway 00800-325-35353; Oman 78-54-80; Philippines 1800-1651-0090; Poland 00800-353-1226; Portugal 8008-53068; Qatar 368-877; Russia 961112; Saudi Arabia 8008-971447; Singapore 1800-324-1600; South Africa 0800-994276; Spain 900-983530; Sweden and Switzerland 0080-325-353535; Taiwan and Thailand 00800-325-35353; Turkey 00800-35390024; United Arab Emirates 800-4151; United Kingdom 00800-325-353535

The Charles Hotel 1 Bennett St.
617 864-1200
$165 /room
(down from $210 Harvard corporate rate!)
(800) 882-1818

Local bed & breakfasts, with rooms available as of 1/25/02:

Irving House
24 Irving Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 547-4600
Toll free: (877) 547-4600
Fax: (617) 576-2814

Harding House
288 Harvard Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 876-2888
Toll free:(877) 489-2888
Fax: (617) 497-0953

Sharing a hotel room

Several people have asked about the possibility of organized sharing of hotel rooms, to save money. If you would be willing to share a hotel room, we will put your relevant details on a webpage list, linked from the conference website. After that, it is up to anyone interested in sharing to make their own contacts and arrangements with people whose names appear on the list. If you would like your name to appear on this list, and are happy to be contacted about possible room sharing during the conference, please email with ALL the following information:

Email address:
Age (roughly):
Any other relevant information:

Conference and Registration Information

Click here.