Protolang is a biennial conference organised by the Department of English, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń. One of the primary goals of this conference is bringing together researchers representing a variety of areas in order to gain a multidisciplinary perspective on the range of currently available evidence relevant to early language evolution. The focus of the conference is on the early stages of the emergence of symbolic, language-like communication in hominids. The conference will reflect the inherently interdisciplinary nature of research into the evolution of language. We invite papers from a wide range of subjects related to language evolution, including:
* general evolutionary theory,
* evolutionary psychology,
* comparative psychology
* pleistocene archaeology,
* genetics of language disorders,
* cultural anthropology,
* speech physiology,
* gesture studies,
* neuroscience of language,
* computational modelling,
* animal cognition,
* animal communication.
(University of Liverpool; Lucy to Language British Academy Project)
"Language beginnings – a view from the early archaeological record"
(Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
"Do dogs get the point"
(Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania)
"An evolutionary approach to explaining why patterned visible bodily action commonly occurs when people speak"
(Department of Psychology, University of York)
"Vocal communication in chimpanzees"
Please refer to the website for the specific instructions and guidelines.
Submissions in the form of long abstracts (2 pages) should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than 30th May 2011.
Accepted submissions will be published in the form of an e-book included in the conference pack. The talks will have the format of approximately 20 minutes of presentation + 10 minutes for discussion.
Selected papers will be included in the proceedings, which will be published by an international publishing house.
For international participants, the conference fee is 120€ (students: 80€). Conference dinner is 25€.
For participants from Poland, the conference fee is 300zł (students: 150zł). Bankiet: 80zł
Conference fee covers the costs of participation, refreshments during breaks, and conference materials. It does not include accommodation, meals or conference dinner.
ACCOMMODATION http://www.protolang.umk.pl/accommodation (will be updated closer to the confernce)
Accommodation is not provided by the organizers, but please refer to the website for the list of recommended hotels (discounts available).
Submission: 30 May 2011
Notifications of acceptance: 01 July 2011
Conference: 19-21 September 2011
PROTOLANG 1 (2009)
The first Protolang conference took place 21-23.09.2009 in Toruń, with Terrence Deacon (video
conference) and Jim Hurford, Katie Slocombe and Jordan Zlatev as keynote speakers. Video recordings of most of the talks as well as other materials are available for download from
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