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Colloquium March 30th

Colloquium March 30th

JUSTIN SULIK Perspective taking in context When two people don't share a language, they are often able to communicate successfully by creating signals such as spontaneous gestures. Even when they share a language but lack a conventional way to refer…

TALK CHARLES SPENCE April 18th

TALK CHARLES SPENCE April 18th

CHARLES SPENCE Crossmodal Correspondences - Looking for links between sound symbolism, synaesthesia & their application to multisensory marketing - “Are lemons fast or slow?”; “Is carbonated water round or angular?”; Most people agree on their answers to these questions. These are examples…

Colloquium March 23rd

Colloquium March 23rd

BILL THOMPSON - Culture as Computation - The generative enterprise in linguistics is associated with two major propositions about language and its place in nature. The first has been to argue that language can be understood as a computational innovation.…

Colloquium March 16th

Colloquium March 16th

MARCUS PERLMAN - The potential for iconicity in vocalization, and the origins of language - Arguments for a gestural origin of language often assume that gestures afford vastly more potential for iconicity than vocalizations. Therefore, it is reasoned, gestures are…

Colloquium March 9th

Colloquium March 9th

CHIARA BARBIERI - Matches and mismatches between genetic and linguistic diversity - The coevolution of languages and genes represents the ultimate Darwinian paradigm for the reconstruction of population dynamics in time and space, and is still one of the most evoked…

Colloquium March 2nd

Colloquium March 2nd

SANDER LESTRADE - Modeling language evolution: Principles and parameters - Language is the product of two qualitatively very different evolutionary processes. Through biological evolution, people slowly became “language ready” as the social, physical, and cognitive prerequisites of language were established.…

Colloquium February 16th

Colloquium February 16th

STEPHEN LEVINSON - Spatial cognition  and language evolution - In this talk I will argue that language evolution may have been closely tied to spatial cognition.  We are natively poor navigators, compared to many animal species (although we make up…

Colloquium February 9th

Colloquium February 9th

MARTINE BRUIL Evidentials as Sentence Types and Sentence Type Modifiers - Evidence from South American Indeginous Languages - In all languages, speakers can express how they acquired the information that they are transmitting. Some languages use lexical and others grammatical…

Colloquium February 2nd

Colloquium February 2nd

TESSA VERHOEF - Iconicity and systematicity in the emergence of patterns in sign language - In sign languages and gesture, systematic preferences have been found for the use of different iconic naming strategies when representing tools. In this talk, I…

Colloquium January 26th

Colloquium January 26th

PIERA FILLIPI The referential value of prosody - A comparative approach to the study of vocal communication - Recent studies addressing animal vocal communication have challenged the traditional view of meaning in animal communication as the context-specific denotation of a…

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