Research Workshops and Symposia
These meetings were (or will be) mainly on language evolution. The websites for
most of these meetings still exist, and may be useful as sources of
information. I was (or will be) an invited speaker at these meetings.
- Summer Institute in Cognitive Science om the Origin of Language,
Montreal, 21st-30th June 2010.
Foundations, Symposium on Human Evolution, Stockholm, Sweden, November
Strüngmann Forum on
``Biological Foundations and Origins of Syntax'', Frankfurt am Main, July
- Workshop on Utterance
Cognitive Models, Brussels, July 19-21, 2008.
- ``Forty years of
ape communication: what have we
learned about the evolution of language?'' Barcelona, March 11th,
- SEDSU (Stages in the Evolution and
Development of Sign Use) Workshop, Novartis Foundation, London,
- ``Missing Links''
Carlsberg Academy Nov. 22.-23., 2007, Copenhagen.
- Atelier on
computational construction grammar, satellite workshop of the Summer
School on statistical physics, Erice, Sicily, July 2007.
- Lecture series on Evolution of Language, Language Research Center,
Seoul National University, Korea, May 2007.
- Seminar on Language, Evolution and the Brain, International
Institute for Advanced Studies, Kyoto, Japan, April, 2007.
- Cradle of Language
Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 7th - 10th November, 2006.
- Conference on ``Evolution und Menschwerdung'', Biennial Assembly of
the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher LEOPOLDINA, Halle, Autumn 2005.
- International Colloquium: Epigenetic
developments: in search of a new model for complexity in sciences and
philosophy: Universita di Roma, Tor Vergata, September 13th -14th, 2005.
- Workshop on
Cognitive Science and Neurophilosophy, Center for International
Research & Collaboration (ISMO), Tehran, Iran, 3- 6 May,2005.
workshop on The Interactive Mind, University of
Sheffield, 8th-9th April, 2005.
- Seminar on Language
Evolution and the Brain. Institute of
Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2004.
- Origins of
Language and Psychosis , 18th Meeting of the Language Origins
Society, Oxford, July 2004.
- New Aspects of Compositionality NAC 2004, An
Conference in Cognitive Science, Paris, France, June 18 to June 20,
- International Workshop
Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication
May 31 - Jun 1 2004, Kanazawa Japan.
- Coevolution of
Language and Theory of Mind: virtual workshop, sponsored by the
European Science Foundation and the Institut des Sciences Cognitives. Started early 2004.
Linguistic Perspectives on Numerical Expressions, University of
Utrecht, June 10th-11th, 2004.
- Cornell Symposium on
Language Universals, May 1st-2nd, 2004.
- Seminar on Brain Theory &
Neuroscience, University of Reno, Nevada.
- Fifth International
Conference on the Evolution of Language, Leipzig, Germany, March
31st - April 3rd, 2004.
- Workshop on Numerals in the World's
Languages, 29 - 30 March 2004, Leipzig, Germany.
- Workshop on The Evolution and
Change of Semantic Conventions at the Fourteenth Amsterdam
Colloquium, December 2003.
- Simple Models of
Complex Networks Research Cluster.
- Netherlands Institute for
Advanced Study, two-day seminar on the topic of "Windows
on Language Genesis". Wassenaar, November, 2003.
- 15th European Summer School on Logic Language and Information, Language Evolution
and Computation Workshop/Course, Vienna, August, 2003.
- Graduate School of Language Technology in Finland (Kieliteknologian
Course on Language Evolution and Computation. University of
Helsinki, September 1st - 5th, 2003.
- Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)
Multi-disciplinary symposium on the Evolution of Language,
``Connecting people: from animal grunts to human language'', Amsterdam, June 27th, 2003.
- Brain and Cognition
Research Group, Nottingham Trent University. One-day workshop on the
theoretical bases of cognitive science. Jan.15th 2003.
- UCSD Project for Explaining the
Origins of Humans held a multi-disciplinary symposium
entitled ``Evolutionary Considerations in Understanding the Emergence
of a Language-Capable Brain'', on November 1st, 2003.
'The Neurobiology of
Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives on Receptive Language',
European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop,
September 2002, Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences
University of Western Australia,
Language Evolution and Language Change. June, 2002.
7th Altenberg Workshop in Theoretical Biology 2001,
EVOLUTION OF COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS Altenberg, near Vienna,
18.-21. October 2001.
- Two one-day conferences (March, 2000) on Speciation in Homo
sapiens and the Evolution of Language:
one organized by the British Academy,
organized by the Novartis
Evolutionary Computation and Cognitive Science , January 2000,
City Campus, La Trobe University, Melbourne,
- German-American Academic Council
(GAAC), July 1999 Institute ``The Evolution of Intelligence: The
Analysis of Cognition''.
- I participated in the two-year workshop Evolution and
the Human Mind, hosted by the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive
Studies, University of Sheffield, 1996-1998.
Budapest. Working group
on modelling language evolution, Budapest, Hungary, March - July 1997.
This was in collaboration with a group of five, the others being:
- Bruce McLennan
of Computer Science, University of Tennessee)
- Robert C Berwick (AI Lab, MIT)
- Mike Oliphant
(formerly Department of Cognitive Science, University of California at
San Diego, then until August 1999 here at the Department of Linguistics,
University of Edinburgh)
- Simon Kirby
of Linguistics, University of Edinburgh)
- EUROTYP. European Science Foundation 5-year project on typology of
European Languages, 1990 - 1994. This project enabled 9 groups of about
10 scholars each, drawn mostly from Europe but also from elsewhere, to
meet regularly for five years. I was in the group devoted to The
Noun Phrase and David
Edith Moravcsik, and I had a great time talking about
it. The proceedings, in 9 volumes, started to appear sporadically in
about 1997, published by Mouton-DeGruyter. Our group's volume,
Phrase Structure in the Languages of Europe, edited by Frans Plank,
finally appeared in 2003. My contribution is ``The interaction between
numerals and nouns''. (Click to view Contents or Whole article
One spin-off from the work of the Noun Phrase Group is the on-line
Noun Phrase Universals Archive which
Kirby set up.
Beside the impending dollop of scholarship in the shape of those 9
the main thing to come out of the EUROTYP project is the newly
Association for Linguistic
- LSA Linguistic Institute, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM,
June 26th - August 5th 1995