Publication connected with these conferences
After past conferences, authors of papers presented at the conferences
have been invited to submit written versions for possible publication in
a volume of collected papers. After each conference so far, it has been
possible to assemble a volume, published by a reputable academic
publisher, consisting of about 20 chapters. These chapters were
selected from a much larger number submitted. On average, about 40% of
papers submitted after the conferences have been published in the
emerging volumes. There is thus no guarantee that a paper
presented at the conference will be published in an emerging volume.
Selection of papers for the emerging volumes is based on their
individual quality and how they fit into a coherent volume. Good papers have
been rejected on the grounds that they did not fit into a coherent
volume with other papers.
The volumes emerging from these conferences so far are:
- From the 1996 Edinburgh conference:
(1998) Approaches to the Evolution of Language: social and cognitive
bases, edited by James R Hurford, Michael Studdert-Kennedy and Chris
Knight. Cambridge University Press.
- From the 1998 London conference:
(2000) The Evolutionary Emergence of Language: Social function and the
origins of linguistic form, edited by Chris Knight, Michael
Studdert-Kennedy and James R Hurford. Cambridge University Press.
- From the 2000 Paris conference:
(early 2002 projected) The Transition to Language, edited by Alison
Wray. Oxford University Press.