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Day 1Day 2Day 3

Day 1: Monday, 06.09.

Session 1Session 2Theme session: Electronic book launch of the Oxford Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution, edited by Nathalie Gontier, Andy Lock & Chris Sinha
9.00 – 9.10Opening
9.10 – 10.25Plenary: Asifa Majid
Does language reflect an evolutionary trade-off between olfaction and vision?
10.25 – 11.00Break
Chair: Stefan HartmannChair: Karim Baraghith
11.00 – 11.30Antonio Benítez-Burraco and Ljiljana Progovac
Self-domestication might have tied together (taming of) aggression with cross-modality, facilitating the evolution of languages
Aleksandra Poniewierska, Aleksandra Szczepańska, Sławomir Wacewicz, Przemysław Żywiczyński and Michael Pleyer
The Representation of Language Evolution Research in Introductory Linguistics Textbooks
Nathalie Gontier, Chris Sinha & Andy Lock
11.35 – 12.05Antonio Benítez-Burraco, David Gil, Ljiljana Progovac, Candy Cahuana and Tatiana Tatarinova
Correlating declarative/procedural memory with language variation
Marco Gamba, Chiara De Gregorio, Daria Valente, Longondraza Miaretsoa, Teresa Raimondi, Olivier Friard, Valeria Torti and Cristina Giacoma
Rhythm and combinations of vocal signals: insights from the ‘singing primates’
Nick J. Enfield and Jack Sidnell 
Intersubjectivity is activity plus accountability
12.10 – 12.40Yannick Becker, Olivier Coulon and Adrien Meguerditchian
The Arcuate Fasciculus disentangled: Different conceptions are depicting different evolutionary trajectories
Rie Asano
Evolution of cognitive control underlying language syntax and musical rhythm
Camilla Power, Ian Watts, and Chris Knight
The symbolic revolution: A sexual conflict model
12.45 – 13.15Claudio Brozzoli, Simon Thibault, Veronique Boulenger and Alice Roy
Tool use and syntactic skills improve each other via shared neural patterns in the basal ganglia neurolinguistics
David Gil
Simple and Relational Compositionality

Antonis Iliopoulos and Lambros Malafouris 
Symbols and material signs in the debate on human origins
13.15 – 14.30Break
Chair: Monika PleyerChair: Marcel Ruland
14.30 – 15.00Cristina Barés Gómez and Matthieu Fontaine
Mirativity and the lack of evidence
Tatiana Bortolato, Roman Wittig, Cédric Girard-Buttoz and Catherine Crockford
Vocal sequences emerge slowly in chimpanzee development
Luís Tirapicos, Fabio Silva, Fernando Pimenta 
Symbolism and archaeoastronomy in prehistory
15.05 – 15.35Alejandro M. Andirkó, Juan Moriano and Cedric Boeckx
Building a timeline for the evolution of language subcomponents
Catherine Crockford, Cedric Girard-Buttoz, Emiliano Zaccarella, Tatiana Bortolato, Cornelius Eichner, Alfred Anwander, Carsten Jaeger, Tobias Graessle, Pawel Fedurek, Liran Samuni, Kamilla Pleh, Roman Wittig, Nik Weiskopf, Angela Friederici
The patterning and ontogeny of chimpanzee vocal sequences and brain pathways

Lana M. Ruck & Natalie T. Uomini
Artifact, praxis, tool, and symbol

15.40 – 16.10Rayn Epremian, Jonas Nölle, Christine Cuskley and Matthew Spike
True story: Narrative as an adaptation for the communication of social survival information
Lola Rivoal, Leonard Samain-Aupic, Konstantina Margiotoudi, Maud Champagne-Lavau and Adrien Meguerditchian
Are Baboons Able to Consider the Other’s Knowledge State When Pointing? Theory of Mind & Neuroanatomical Correlates within the Superior Temporal Sulcus

April Nowell and Amanda Cooke
Culturing the Paleolithic body: Archaeological signatures of adornment and body modification

16.15 – 16.45Sverker Johansson
How many protolanguages were there?
Natalie Uomini, Larry Barham, Michal Paradysz and Georg Meyer
Lateralised and bilateral brain networks for speech and stone tool-use: a neuroarchaeology study

Elisabeth V. Culley and Iain Davidson 
Art, sign, and representation
16.45 – 17.15Break
Chair: Stefan HartmannChair: Marcel Ruland
17.15 – 17.45Elsa Addessi, Claire Farrow, Charlotte Webber, Francesca Bellagamba, Flavia Chiarotti, Jacqueline Blissett, Amy T. Galloway, Laura Shapiro, Valentina Focaroli, Melania Paoletti, Giulia Pecora, Barbara Caravale, Corinna Gasparini and Serena Gastaldi
Is a baby-led weaning style related to motor and language development? Preliminary evidence from two cultures
Tim Sainburg, Anna Mai and Timothy Gentner
Long-range sequential dependencies precede complex syntactic production in language acquisition
18.00 – 19.15Plenary:
Michel DeGraff
Does Creole formation recapitulate the emergence of human language? Notes on the origins and evolution of linguists’ most dangerous myth
19.15 – (Gathertown room will be open for anyone who wants to join)

Day 2: Tuesday, 07.09.

Session 1Session 2Theme session in memory of Bernard Bichakjian (Natalie Uomoni & Henny Hettema)
9.00 – 10.15Plenary:
Asli Özyurek
Not only the past but also the future of language is likely to be multimodal
10.15 – 10.30Break
Chair: Michael PleyerChair: Karim Baraghith
10.30 – 11.00Austin Howard
Sound Symbolism in the Turkish Tongue: Ideophone Identification or the Iconicity of a Myth?
David Leavens
Proto-declaratives in the Lab and in Nature
Ad Foolen Bernard Bichakjian’s evolutionary view on language change
11.05 – 11.35Shiri Lev-Ari, Ivet Kancheva, Louise Marston, Hannah Morris, Teah Swingler and Madina Zaynudinova
‘Big’ sounds bigger in more widely-spoken languages
Bart Geurts
Normative evolutionary pragmatics

Tatiana Chernigovskaya Biology, Environment, and Culture: From Animal Communication to Human Language and Cognition
11.40 – 12.10Konstantina Margiotoudi and Friedemann Pulvermüller
Grounding sound symbolism in hand actions
Fredrik Stjernberg
The use of questions in the evolution of language

Gábor Győri The evolution of language as a categorizing device
12.15 – 12.45Greg Woodin and Marcus Perlman
The iconic impetus of language: From sensorimotor simulation to the lexicon
Marek Placiński
Structural alignment and cooperation

Christer Johansson Is the loss of superior visual processing linked to the emergence of language?
12.45 – 14.00Break
Chair: Sverker JohanssonChair: Marcel Ruland
14.00 – 14.30Michael Pleyer, Sławomir Wacewicz and Przemysław Żywiczyński
Shared Evolutionary and Developmental Foundations of Pretence and Pantomime
Theresa Matzinger, Eva Specker, Nikolaus Ritt and W Tecumseh Fitch
Aesthetic perception of prosodic patterns as a potential factor in the cultural evolution of language
14.35 – 15.05Przemysław Żywiczyński, Marta Sibierska, Sławomir Wacewicz, Joost van de Weijer, Francesco Ferretti, Ines Adornetti, Alessandra Chiera and Valentina Deriu
Between universality and conventionality: a cross-cultural study of pantomimic enactments of transitive events
Magdalena Schwarz, Theresa Matzinger and Nikolaus Ritt Linguistic markers of group affiliation increase trust as much as other biological and cultural tags

15.10 – 15.40Marta Sibierska, Monika Boruta-Żywiczyńska, Przemysław Żywiczyński and Sławomir Wacewicz
Predictors of communicative success in pantomimic re-enactments of transitive events

Madeleine McGrath, Gregory Mills and Gareth Roberts Turn-taking and the identification of humanness in a highly restricted interactive task
15.45 – 16.15Monika Pleyer, Michael Pleyer and Sławomir Wacewicz Towards an Evolutionary and Naturalistic Approach to the Pragmatic Concept of FaceAndrew Feeney Can pragmatics account for unleashed expression?
16.15 – 16.45Break
Chair: Nathalie GontierChair: Michael Pleyer
16.45 – 17.15Filipe Martone How philosophy of language can contribute to understanding protolanguageJonas Nölle, Oliver G. B. Garrod, Chaona Chen, Meng Liu, Robin A. A. Ince, Philippe G. Schyns and Rachael E. Jack Understanding the semiotic affordances of human facial expressions using data-driven methods

17.20 – 17.50Corina Strößner Natural concepts in conceptual spacesViktor Martinovic Loanpy – A Framework for Computer-aided Borrowing Detection
18.00 – 19.15Plenary:
Cailin O’Connor
Evolution and Vagueness
19.15 – Social gathering (Gathertown)

Day 3: Wednesday, 08.09.

Session 1Session 2
9.00 – 10.15Plenary:
Albert Newen
Central roots of concepts in situated social interaction and their informational organization
10.15 – 10.30Break
Chair: Stefan HartmannChair: Marcel Ruland
10.30 – 11.00Gregory Mills The emergence of conventions in a turn-taking taskRabia Ergin, Limor Raviv and Simon Kirby How word order conventions emerge in the manual modality

11.05 – 11.35Yasamin Motamedi, Lucie Wolters, Danielle Naegeli, Marieke Schouwstra and Simon Kirby Regularisation, harmony and naturalness in a silent gesture learning taskWim Pouw & Susanne Fuchs Biomechanics as the primordial basis for the emergence of co-speech gesture
11.40 – 12.10Julia Trzeciakowska and Elizabeth Qing Zhang The emergence of words from iterated sound imitations

Olga Vasileva, Senay Cebioglu and Tanya Broesch Co-evolution of handedness and gesture: Evidence from a non-industrial society
12.15 – 12.45Giorgio Papitto, Angela D. Friederici and Emiliano Zaccarella A behavioral pilot study on the retrieval of hierarchical information in mental representations of action and its segregation from language

Michael Pleyer Processes of Entrenchment and Conventionalisation in the Evolution of Language
12.45 – 14.00Break
Chair: Corina StrößnerChair: Jonas Nölle
14.00 – 14.30Andres Karjus, Richard Blythe, Simon Kirby, Tianyu Wang and Kenny Smith Colexification and communicative need in lexical evolutionJ. Benjamin Falandays and Paul Smaldino The Emergence of Cultural Attractors: How Informational Bottlenecks at Multiple Scales Support Collective Cognitive Alignment

14.35 – 15.05Roland Mühlenbernd, Slawomir Wacewicz and Przemyslaw Zywiczynski The Evolution of Ambiguity in Communication SystemsKristian Tylén, Riccardo Fusaroli, Sergio Rojo, Katrin Heimann, Nicolas Fay, Niels N. Johannsen, Feix Riede and Marlize Lombard Investigating the cultural evolution of the Blombos and Diepkloof engravings
15.10 – 15.40Rachael Bailes, Christine Cuskley, Anton Ingason and Joel Wallenberg Linguistic planning for information uniformity is an adaptation for noise resistanceKristian Tylén, Zahra Alinam and Cordula Vesper The cultural route to conceptualization of space
15.45 – 16.15Aliki Papa, Mioara Cristea, Nicola McGuigan and Monica Tamariz The effect of verbal instruction vs modelling on transmission fidelity of causally (ir)relevant actionsLimor Raviv and Cedric Boeckx Complexity and Simplicity in the evolution of languages across species
16.15 – 16.45Break
16.45 – 18.00Plenary:
Katja Liebal
What primate gestures can (and cannot) tell us about language evolution
18.00Closing of the conference, announcement of Protolang 8