[SydPhil] Evolution of language Workshop 6 December Macquarie University

Richard Menary richard.menary at mq.edu.au
Thu Nov 28 12:38:28 AEDT 2013

Evolution of Language Workshop
Sponsored by the ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and Disorders, Centre for Language Sciences, Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics
Friday, 6th December 2013
Macquarie University
This workshop is devoted to an in-depth discussion of the origins of language. Among the questions that will be discussed are the following:
What is language?
What aspects of language are unique to humans?
What can language acquisition tell us about language evolution?
How is language represented in the brain?
What function, if any, does language serve?
Were there proto-languages?
Did language evolve gradually or was its evolution a ‘sudden emergent event’?
Is there a gestural origin to language?
What is the relationship between logic and language?
Keynote Speakers

Professor Bob Berwick, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor Kim Sterelny, Australian National University
Invited Speakers

Emeritus Professor Brian Byrne, University of New England
Associate Professor Drew Khlentzos, University of New England
Dr Richard Menary, Macquarie University
Closing Comments: Professor Katherine Demuth, Macquarie University


Room 1.200 (Lecture Theatre), the Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW Australia
Further Details
For more information, including speaker biographies, abstracts and the program, please see the Workshop Webpage.

Registration is free but space is limited so please register early to guarantee your participation: Registration Form.


Dr. Richard Menary

Macquarie University

ARC Future Fellow

Department of Philosophy

ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics

Google Scholar Page

academia.edu site

Phil Papers Profile

Cognitive Integration Palgrave Macmillan and Amazon
The Extended Mind (ed.) MIT Press

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