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Full Title: Protolang 5

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Start Date: 26-Sep-2017 - 28-Sep-2017
Contact: Cedric Boeckx
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL:
Meeting Description: The Protolang conference series creates an interdisciplinary platform for scholarly discussion on the origins of symbolic communication distinctive of human beings. The thematic focus of Protolang is on delineating the genetic, anatomical, neuro-cognitive, socio-cultural, semiotic, symbolic and ecological requirements for evolving (proto)language. Sign use, tools, cooperative breeding, pointing, vocalisation, intersubjectivity, bodily mimesis, planning and navigation are among many examples of such possible factors through which hominins have gained a degree of specificity that is not found in other forms of animal communication and cognition. We aim at identifying the proximate and ultimate causes as well as the mechanisms by which these requirements evolved; evaluating the methodologies, research tools and simulation techniques; and enabling extended and vigorous exchange of ideas across disciplinary borders.We invite scholars from A(rcheology) to Z(oology), and all disciplines in between, to contribute data, experimental and theoretical research, and look forward to welcoming you at one of our conferences.

Protolang 5 will be in Barcelona this year.

Invited Speakers:

Sonja Vernes
Olga Feher
Martin Kuhlwilm
João Zilhão

Registration and Fees:

Registration is now open, and can be done through the website: .

Early registration (until July 15, 2017):

Faculty: 200€
Students: 150€

Late registration (from July 16, 2017):

Faculty: 250€
Students: 170€


The conference will take place at the Historical Building of the University of Barcelona.
(Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585)

Information about how to get here, as well some other details about social events, will be added here soon.

Local Organizing Committee:

Cedric Boeckx
Pedro Tiago Martins
Constantina Theofanopoulou
Saleh Alamri
Simone Gastaldon
Thomas O’Rourke
Angela Messner

Permanent Organizing Committee:

Slawomir Wacewicz
Luke McCrohon
Francesco Ferretti
Sverker Johansson
Nathalie Gontier
Sylwester Orzechowski
Natalie Uomini
Przemyslaw Zywiczynski
Jordan Zlatev
Ines Adornetti
Linguistic Subfield: Linguistic Theories; Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics
LL Issue: 28.585

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
Workshop on Lenneberg

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