[Skull with brain image by Terrence Deacon, of The Symbolic Species] Evolution of Language:
Fifth International Conference, 2004.
[Skull with brain image by Terrence Deacon, of The Symbolic Species]

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig, Germany.

Wednesday March 31st --- Saturday April 3rd, 2004.

The Venue

The Leipzig MPI is an ideal location for a conference on the Evolution of Language, bringing together almost all the central disciplines involved, with its separate departments of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Evolutionary Genetics, Human Evolution (new), Linguistics, and Primatology.

Plenary speakers

There will be eight plenary talks.

Susan Blackmore Author of The Meme Machine, O.U.P. 1999.
Jean-Louis Dessalles Enseignant-chercheur, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris.
Wolfgang Enard Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig.
Tom Givon CAS Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Oregon.
Louis Goldstein Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories; Professor of Linguistics and Psychology, Yale University.
Jim Hurford Professor of Linguistics, University of Edinburgh; Co-Director, Language Evolution and Computation Research Group.
James Steele Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Southampton; Associate Director, AHRB Centre for the Evolutionary Analysis of Cultural Behaviour.
Mike Tomasello Co-Director, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; Co-Director, Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center.


Abstracts of PLENARY TALKS, available so far. (in various formats: .doc, .pdf, .txt, .rtf)
Abstracts of over 80 other TALKS
Abstracts of POSTERS
All abstracts, plus some material from this webpage, have been kindly collated by Paul Hackney into a single searchable PDF file - click here.

A timetable for the talks and posters will be announced shortly -- watch this space.


Online registration for the conference is available here.
For those arriving by March 30th, collection of conference materials will be possible at the RECEPTION. (See below, under ``Extra attractions''.)


Participants are asked to arrange for their accommodation themselves. The hotels listed here offer a special price reduction for EVOLANG participants. Please note that these reductions can be guaranteed only if the reservation is made before the date indicated.

Further information

Further information, about plenary speakers, accommodation, conference fees, etc. will be forthcoming from time to time by email, and by updating of the web pages. The Local Organizer is Julia Cissewski. If you would like to be included in further emailings, please subscribe to the EvoLang email list. You can do this by sending an email to majordomo@ling.ed.ac.uk with the following single-line message (not in the subject header):

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Extra attractions

Conference Organizing Committee:
Bernard Comrie (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig)
Jean-Louis Dessalles (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris)
Tecumseh Fitch (Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin; University of St Andrews)
James R Hurford (University of Edinburgh)
Chris Knight (University of East London)
Michael Studdert-Kennedy (Haskins Laboratories)
Maggie Tallerman (University of Durham)
Alison Wray (Cardiff University)