LINGUIST List 16.126
Mon Jan 17 2005
FYI: Society of Slavic Linguists; Lang Origin/Evolution
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Call to register for Society of Slavic Linguists
Tutorial: Language Origins and Evolution
Message 1: Call to register for Society of Slavic Linguists
From: Gilbert Rappaport <grappmail.utexas.edu>
Subject: Call to register for Society of Slavic Linguists
To everyone interested in the linguistic study of Slavic languages!
After a productive roundtable discusson at a recent conference (AATSEEL),
we have decided to go ahead with the organization of a new Society for
Slavic Linguistics. At this initial stage in the process our intent is
simply to create a 'virtual' society, although eventually we hope to hold
scholarly meetings. Our intent is to to create an inclusive scholarly
community of people working on linguistic problems of the Slavic languages.
Membership is free and open to all, regardless of theoretical or
methodological orientation, professional status, or geographic location.
Our first goal is to set up web pages of potential use to Slavic linguists.
So if you are interested in joining all you need to do is register at:
We will add you to our new list server SLAVICLING (unless you would prefer that
we not). Eventually we will solicit additional materials which could be posted
to the web for public download. You can provide pdf versions of research
papers, teaching materials you wish to share, or even a current cv.
In addition to downloadable papers, the web site will eventually also have
pages with the following kinds of information of general interest:
LINKS TO OTHER USEFUL SITES
We look forward to hearing from you.
Steve Franks, Indiana University
Gilbert Rappaport, University of Texas at Austin
Contact GR about problems with website or listserver: grappmail.utexas.edu
Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable
Message 2: Tutorial: Language Origins and Evolution
From: Paul Vogt <paulvling.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Tutorial: Language Origins and Evolution
Call for participation.
Tutorial modelling language origins and evolution.
31 July 2005. Edinburgh, Scotland.
Presenters: Paul Vogt, Bart de Boer and Tony Belpaeme.
Evolutionary Linguistics is a new and rapidly growing field that has
emerged from the field of artificial intelligence and that is concerned
with modelling the origins and evolution of language. It addresses
questions such as the evolution of speech, the origins of symbolic
categories, grounding, the origins of grammar, the prerequisites for human
language, and origins of symbolic communication. Although computational
modelling research has yielded interesting results, these are often
misinterpreted or overlooked by non-technically schooled researchers in the
field. We feel this is partly due to the way the complex and abstract
models are presented. Scientists lacking experience in computational
modelling often find it difficult to understand the underlying models and
This tutorial offers an introduction for artificial intelligence
researchers who are new to evolutionary linguistics and is aimed at
understanding the field and helping them set up computational experiments
that address open issues. We do this by presenting a thorough overview of
the field and by discussing how established AI techniques can be used to
investigate the evolution of language. To illustrate this we present a
number of case studies. In addition, we aim to provide suggestions of how
to disseminate the research to a multidisciplinary audience, which often
include linguists, anthropologists, archeologists, psychologists and
For further information, please consult the tutorial web-page:
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
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