Reminder: 2 talks by Bill Thompson (Oct 2)

This is a reminder that Bill Thompson (Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics) will visit us on October 2 and give two talks:

10:30am: The Language Engine: Evolutionary Processes in Social Populations

3:00pm: Mapping the structure of meaning across human languages with large scale semantic networks

Both talks will take place at the Sala de Professors, on the 5th floor of the Josep Carner Building (Gran Via w/ Aribau).

Entrance is free and encouraged!

We kindly ask you to pay close attention to both our webpage and our twitter account (@bioling_bcn) for updates, should details change.

Protolang 5 UPDATE: venue for day 2 (Sep 27), day 3 (Sep 28) and workshop (Sep 29)

The venue for days 2 (Sep 27) and 3 (Sep 28) of Protolang 5 (as well as for the Workshop on Lenneberg, Sep 29) will be Can Jaumandreu – UB Parc de les Humanitats i les Ciències Socials. Metro line L1 (red) is the best way to get there (short walk from the Glòries stop).

In order to give people enough time to adapt to this last minute change, we will start at 9:30, instead of 9:00.

Please spread the word!

Protolang 5 UPDATE: new venue

Thank you for your patience with the constantly changing information. As some of you will already know, our replacement conference venue has been occupied. We have just this morning managed to organize a replacement venue for today. Registration will be delayed as we gather people together to go to the new venue.
The address is Montalegre 6 (Facultat de Filosofia – Universitat de Barcelona) – 4th Floor – Aula Magna (In front of the CCCB building)
Here is a google maps link to the venue:

Protolang 5 – change of venue

Yesterday afternoon we were contacted by officials at the University of Barcelona to inform us that the venue we had reserved for next week’s conference and workshop won’t be usable. As you may have seen in the news, the political situation in Catalunya has led to pacific protests. Yesterday the Historic Building of the university, due to its centrality and iconic status, was taken over by students and protesters. Since this is where we planned to meet, university officials contacted us to relocate, as protests may disrupt our meeting. Accordingly, we will meet in the building adjacent to the venue we had originally chosen. The Workshop on Lenneberg on September 29 will also take place at the new location.


[Edifici Josep Carner; at the corner of Gran Via w/ Aribau)

While the rooms will be less grandiose, we think that the meeting will be minimally affected by this change. We look forward to seeing you all.

Talks – Bill Thompson

We are pleased to announce that Bill Thompson (Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics) will visit us on October 2 and give two talks:

10:30am: The Language Engine: Evolutionary Processes in Social Populations

3:00pm: Mapping the structure of meaning across human languages with large scale semantic networks

Both talks will take place at the Sala de Professors, on the 5th floor of the Josep Carner Building (Gran Via w/ Aribau).

Entrance is free and encouraged!

Protolang 5 – Early Bird registration reminder

Update: Early Bird registration is now closed. Normal fees will apply from July 16 onwards.


The deadline for Early Bird registration to Protolang 5 is fast approaching (July 15).

If you intend to participate (as a presenter or otherwise) and haven’t yet registered, now would be the most advantageous time to do so.

You can find more information by clicking “Protolang 5” in the menu above, or you can jump straight to the registration area.

(We kindly remind you that proof of payment should be sent to us by email (protolang5@gmail.com), so that registration that can be fully confirmed.)

See you in Barcelona!

Protolang 5 (September 26—28, 2017)

Mark your calendars:

We are proud to announce that the Protolang 5 conference will be coming to Barcelona this year!

Registration and abstract submission (talks, posters mini-symposia) are now open.

We will also have an exciting line-up of invited speakers:

Important dates:

Submission deadline: April 20 Extension: April 30, 2017
Notifications of acceptance: June 15, 2017
Early registration deadline: July 15, 2017
Late registration deadline: September 25, 2017
Conference: September 26—28, 2017

Also, on September 29 there will be a workshop marking the 50 years of Eric Lenneberg’s Biological Foundations of Language, including an invited talk by Tecumseh Fitch. Submissions welcome. Stay one day more after Protolang 5 and join us in the event.

For more information on the conference, submission and registration, please head over to the conference page.

Announcement poster (help us spread the word!)

See you in Barcelona