Call for papers: Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics, 2012, Peking University


Call deadline: September 1, 2012

Event: Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics 2012
Event Dates: 8-12 November 2012
Event Location: Peking, China
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The Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics, 2012, will be held by the Center for Chinese linguistics, Peking University, on November 8-12, 2012. Nov. 8 is the registration day.

With its foundation in Darwinian theory, evolutionary linguistics references two evolutionary forces, biological and social, to tackle the job of explaining two fundamental questions, the emergence and development of language. With interdisciplinary cooperation, evolutionary linguistics interacts with anthropology, biology, and archeology. Recently evolutionary linguistics has been making important advancements. The 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang IX) was successfully held in Kyoto, Japan. Diversified languages in China with rich orthographic traditions and long histories of various forms of transcription exist in a complex realm of linguistic contact. Thus, further studies highlighting these phenomena will make new contributions to evolutionary linguistics, both in breadth and depth. Therefore, there is much anticipation of enhancing international interaction and interdisciplinary cooperation via this conference. The earlier ones in Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Shanghai have been held in the same spirit.

Conference topics may include the following: 1. Language as a complex adaptive system; 2. Language and population evolution in China; 3. Language evolution in China and archeological evidence; 4. Vertical and horizontal transmission of language; 5. Language and the brain. A special handling of the evolution and development of Miao-Yao languages will also be organized.

We sincerely welcome all interested scholars to attend! Please send abstracts (800-1,000 words) to in doc or pdf format before September 1, 2012. Formal invitations will be sent out no later than September 10, 2012. The conference will be conducted in Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese) or English. Conference papers will be edited for publishing in a special issue of the Journal of Chinese Linguistics or Essays on Linguistics.

Workshop “Cognitive Modules and Interfaces”


Title: Workshop “Cognitive Modules and Interfaces”
Location: SISSA, Trieste, Italy
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Start Date: 2012-09-17 (Talk of Noam Chomsky); 2012-09-18 (Workshop begin)
End Date: 2012-09-19

Different fields of cognitive sciences – language acquisition, music, mathematics, reasoning, animal communication, pragmatics and social cognition – and their interactions, as well as neuroscience will be the topics of this workshop.


LUCA BONATTI // ICREA and Pompeu Fabra Uni. Barcelona – Spain
At the origin of human rationality: infants’ reasoning about future events

STANISLAS DEHAENE // Collège de France and Neurospin, Saclay – France
From word to sentence: in search of the brain mechanisms for constituent structure

LUCIANO FADIGA // University of Ferrara and Italian Institute of Technology – Italy
On the sensorimotor grounding of speech and language

LILA GLEITMAN // University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – USA
How to start at the beginning: the machinery of observational word learning

ISABELLE PERETZ // BRAMS/CRBLM University of Montreal – Canada
Music, language and modularity framed in action

CONSTANCE SCHARFF // Freie Universität Berlin – Germany
Thinking about language evolution at the zoo: insights from flies, birds, and bats

DAN SPERBER // CEU, Budapest – Hungary
Domain-general reasoning in a modular mind

Between June 16th and September 10th 2012

On September 17th, Noam Chomsky will give a lecture on “The minimalis program and language acquisition”.


Workshop “Language, Music and Cognition”


Title: Workshop “Language, Music and Cognition”
Location: Cologne, Germany
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Start Date: 2012-09-27
End Date: 2012-09-29

Please write an e-mail to Markus Philipp

The working group “Language, Music and Cognition (LMC)” will host the first international workshop “Language, Music and Cognition – Psychological and neurocognitive modeling of action, perception, processing and learning” at the University of Cologne!

The goal of this workshop is to provide an interdisciplinary and stimulating discussion forum for different approaches of psycho- and neurolinguistics, psychological and neurocognitive modeling of linguistic process, and communication and music.

The workshop consists of three thematic sessions:

  1. System and semantic of linguistic representations and neurocognitive modeling
  2. Prosody, gesticulation, and gesture: Functional and formal representation
  3. Music and Language: Neurocognition of prosody and syntax within comparative music language research paradigm

Invited peakers:

  • Kai Alter (Newcastle, UK)
  • Thomas Bever (Arizona, USA)
  • Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (Marburg)
  • Mara Breen (South Hadley, USA)
  • Julie Chobert (Marseilles, France)
  • Ulrike Domahs (Marburg)
  • Evelina Fedorenko (MIT, USA)
  • Steven Frisson (Birmingham, UK)
  • Andrea Martin (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Jutta Mueller (MPI, Leipzig)
  • Nan Yun (Beijing, PR China)
  • Mante Nieuwland (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Kazuo Okanoya (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Markus Steinbach (Goettingen)
  • Matthias Schlesewsky (Mainz)
  • Martha Tyrone (New Haven, USA)
  • Gert Westermann (Lancaster, UK)
  • Richard Wiese (Marburg)
  • Petra Schumacher (Mainz/Cologne)

Local organizer:

  • Coordinator: Markus Philipp (
  • Martine Grice (
  • Beatrice Primus (
  • Uwe Seifert (

We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Call for papers: International Congress of Linguists


Call deadline: September 1, 2012

Event: International Congress of Linguists
Event date: 22-27 July 2013
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

The International Congress of Linguists (ICL) takes place every five years, under the governance of the International Permanent Committee of Linguists (CIPL). The last congress took place in Seoul, year 2008. The Société Suisse de Linguistique (SSL) submitted a proposal for the organization of the 19th congress, in 2013, in Ferdinand de Saussure’s city, one century after his death. Geneva was chosen for the venue, and the Congress will take place there, from July 21 to July 27.

Title of the congress:
The Language-Cognition Interface

Please visit the conference website for the details!

ICMPC-ESCOM is comming soon!

12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC)
8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)


The joint conference ICMPC – ESCOM 2012 will take place from 23-28 July 2012 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The conference is organized by the Department of Music Studies, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music.


The conference will bring together leading researchers from different areas of music cognition and perception. Papers are invited that report empirical and theoretical research that contributes to a better understanding of how music is perceived, represented and generated. Research is welcome from a broad range of disciplines, such as psychology, psychophysics, philosophy, aesthetics, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, psychoacoustics, linguistics, music theory, anthropology, cognitive science, education.


The joint conference ICMPC-ESCOM 2012 is the fourth joint international meeting of ICMPC and ESCOM following the meetings in Liege, Belgium (1994), Keele, England (2000), and Bologna, Italy (2006).

Conference Website