Protolang 5 – Program

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Click on each name to see full author and title information.
For more detail, please take a look at the Book of Abstracts.

Day 1 (Sep 26) Day 2 (Sep 27) Day 3 (Sep 28)
9:00 Opening remarks Keynote 3:
Martin Kuhlwilm
9:30 Keynote 1:
Sonja Vernes
10:00 McBride Mann & Hoeschele Macuch Silva et al.
10:30 Coffee break Coffee break Nölle et al.
11:00 Casas et al. Gontier Coffee Break
11:30 Spranger Ferretti et al. N. Johansson
12:00 Smith et al. Geurts Cuskley
12:30 Rogalska-Chodecka Seifert & Asano Pleyer & Hartmann
13:00 Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break
14:30 Tamariz & Martin Tamariz S. Johansson
15:00 Flash presentations Feeney Loria
15:30 Hernandez-Gutierrez et al. Mini-symposium:
15:30 – ten Cate
16:15 – Scharff
16:00 Goucha et al.
16:30 Coffee break Coffee break
17:00 Mühlenbernd et al. Martins Coffee break
17:30 Hartmann & Pleyer Posters + Wine reception Mini-symposium:
17:45 – Jarvis
18:30 – Theofanopoulou
18:00 Keynote 2:
Olga Feher
(Closing remarks)
TBA Dinner Dinner

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Understanding the neurogenetics of spoken language: from vocal learning bats to humans
Sonja Vernes
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
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How communication systems are shaped by interaction and transmission
Olga Feher
University of Warwick
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A look through the genomic binocular: Population history, migration and adaptation in humans (and their relatives)
Martin Kuhlwilm
Institute for Evolutionary Biology (CSIC/UPF)
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An experimental study of multimodal communication and early language emergence
Vinicius Macuch Silva1,2, Seán G. Roberts1, Judith Holler1 and Asli Özyürek1,2
1Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
2Radboud University Nijmegen

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Evolutionary Functions of Linguistic Politeness
Roland Mühlenbernd1, Przemysław Żywiczyński2 and Sławomir Wacewicz2
1University of Tübingen
2University of Torun
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The cultural evolution of communicative conventions: Interactions between population dynamics and cognitive biases
Monica Tamariz1 and Jose Segovia Martin2
1Heriot Watt University
2The University of Edinburgh

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Informational bottlenecks lead to co-evolution of categories and systematicity in an emergent communication system
Jonas Nölle1, Marlene Staib2, Riccardo Fusaroli3 and Kristian Tylén2,3
1Centre for Language Evolution, The University of Edinburgh
2Center for Semiotics, Aarhus University
3The Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University

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How to create sound symbolism: Cross-linguistic and experimental evidence for establishing active sound symbolic effects
Niklas Johansson
Lund University
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Self talk and early human communication
Bart Geurts
University of Nijmegen
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What does language contribute to cultural evolution?
Monica Tamariz
Heriot Watt University
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The Sensory Theory of Protolanguage Emergence
Christine Cuskley
University of Edinburgh
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The units, levels and mechanisms of language evolution: a tentative ordering
Nathalie Gontier
Centre for Philosophy of Science, Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, University of Lisbon
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The role of asymmetric alignment in linguistic simplification
Kenny Smith1, Mark Atkinson2, Simon Kirby1 and Olga Feher1
1University of Edinburgh
2University of Stirling

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Visualizing a human face impacts the semantic -but not the syntactic- processing of connected speech
David Hernández-Gutiérrez1, Jose Sánchez García1, Irina Noguer1, Javier Espuny1, Sabela Fondevila1, Pilar Casado1,2, Laura Jimenez-Ortega1,2, Werner Sommer3, Rasha Abdel Rahman3, Francisco Muñoz1,2 and Manuel Martín-Loeches1,2
1Center UCM-ISCIII for Evolution and Human Behaviour
2Psychobiology Department, Complutense University of Madrid
3Department of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Subitizing and the Nature of Protolanguage
Andrew Feeney
Northumbria University
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Polysemy as a vocabulary learning bias
Bernardino Casas, Neus Català, Antoni Hernández-Fernández, Ramon Ferrer-I-Cancho and Jaume Baixeries
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All you need is love… or what?
Sverker Johansson
Dalarna University
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Constructing a protolanguage: Language evolution and constructionalization
Stefan Hartmann1 and Michael Pleyer2
1University of Hamburg
2University of Koblenz-Landau

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Narrative and Pantomime in Language Evolution
Francesco Ferretti, Ines Adornetti, Alessandra Chiera and Serena Nicchiarelli
Roma Tre University
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Constraints in Budgerigar Song
Daniel C. McBride Mann1,2 and Marisa Hoeschele2
1City University of New York
2University of Vienna

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All-or-nothing theories of language tell us nothing
Pedro Tiago Martins
University of Barcelona
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The Role of Linguistic Frame Knowledge in the Evolution of Human Cognition and Culture: What Pretend Play Can Tell Us
Michael Pleyer1 and Stefan Hartmann2
1University of Koblenz-Landau
2University of Hamburg

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Emergence of Grounded Compositional Action Language
Michael Spranger
Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc.
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Labeled trees as the computational step bridging animal cognition to the language faculty and its neural grounding
Tomás Goucha, Emiliano Zaccarella and Angela D. Friederici
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
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Children vs. the cultural evolution of language – an experimental communicative iterated learning study
Katarzyna Rogalska-Chodecka
Nicolaus Copernicus University
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The Role of Mindreading for Social Learning in Early Infancy
Emiliano Loria
Consortium FINO, University of Torino
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The biological foundations of the language and music capacity: quest for uniqueness?
Uwe Seifert and Rie Asano
Department of Systematic Musicology, University of Cologne
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The optimality of attaching unlinked labels to unlinked meanings
Ramon Ferrer-I-Cancho
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Understanding the presentation of a trophy implies the understanding of a syntactic structure
Till Nikolaus von Heiseler
Free University of Berlin
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Can Evolution Help Us Understand What Mind Is and Why Does it Develop?
Olga Vasileva
Simon Fraser University
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Spatial deixis back in context: a new experimental paradigm for the study of demonstrative reference
Roberta Rocca1 and Juan Olvido Perea Garcia2
1School for Communication and Culture, Aarhus University
2Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University

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Population growth and typological shifting in expanding languages
David Sanchez-Molina1 and Mikel Fernandez Georges
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Sclera size index does not predict perceived trustworthiness: first empirical steps towards a reassessment of the functions of an overexposed sclera
Juan Olvido Perea García1, Przemysław Żywiczyński2 and Slawomir Wacewicz2
1Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University
2Nicolaus Copernicus University

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The emergence of politeness – from implication to stable system
Tobias Gretenkort
Aarhus University
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Backchannel Interjections in Human Language and Their Acquisition
Koji Kawahara
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
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Signalling stories. The role of metacommunication signals in fiction as an evolved phenomenon and its implications for the evolution of storytelling and language
Marta Sibierska
Nicolaus Copernicus University
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Towards an action-based approach to the evolution of language and music
Rie Asano
University of Cologne
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Differences on the OXTR between modern humans and extinct hominids: a window to our language-ready behavior
Alejandro Muñoz Andirkó1, Constantina Theofanopoulou1,2,3 and Cedric Boeckx1,3,4
1University of Barcelona
2Rockefeller University
3University of Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS)
4Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)

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Evolutionarily conserved pathways for Lexicalization
Thomas O’Rourke and Saleh Alamri
University of Barcelona
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From a rhythmic musical protolanguage to a metrical and tonal-harmonic music
Alexandre Celma-Miralles1 and Joana Rosselló Ximenes2
1Pompeu Fabra University
2University of Barcelona

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The interplay between the medium and syntax in language re-construction
Marek Placiński and Monika Boruta
Nicolaus Copernicus University
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Self-touching, gesticulations and attentional processes. An eye-tracking study
Sylwester Orzechowski1, Przemysław Żywiczyński2 and Slawomir Wacewicz2
1Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
2Nicolaus Copernicus University

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Associations between variation in the vasopressin 1a receptor gene and social behaviour in humans – from altruism to autism
Stefanie Sturm
University of Barcelona
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Vocabulary acquisition over a 1-week training program, an electrophysiological study.
Neus Ramos-Escobar1, Clément François1, Matti Laine2 and Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells1
1Cognition and Brain Plasticity Group, Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute
2Åbo Akademi University

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Satisficing trumps optimizing in human communication
Bruno Galantucci
Yeshiva University
Haskins Laboratories

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The greed for computational resources as the drive for larger brains.
Daniele Panizza
University of Goettingen
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Mini-Symposium: Insights from birdsong into the evolution and development of spoken language

Constantina Theofanopoulou
University of Barcelona
Rockefeller University
University of Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS)


Using birds to provide insights in the evolution of grammatical rule learning
Carel ten Cate
Leiden University
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Small steps in animal models, giant leaps for language evolution?
Constance Scharff
Freie Universitat Berlin
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Insights from non-human animals into the neurobiology of language
Erich D. Jarvis
Rockefeller University
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Social reward in vocal learning: the case of oxytocin
Constantina Theofanopoulou
University of Barcelona
Rockefeller University
University of Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS)

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