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Elsa 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 GastaldiIs a baby-led weaning style related to motor and language development? Preliminary evidence from two cultures
Alejandro M. Andirkó, Juan Moriano and Cedric BoeckxBuilding a timeline for the evolution of language subcomponents
Rie AsanoEvolution of cognitive control underlying language syntax and musical rhythm
Rachael Bailes, Christine Cuskley, Anton Ingason and Joel WallenbergLinguistic planning for information uniformity is an adaptation for noise resistance
Cristina Barés Gómez and Matthieu FontaineMirativity and the lack of evidence
Yannick Becker, Olivier Coulon and Adrien MeguerditchianThe Arcuate Fasciculus disentangled: Different conceptions are depicting different evolutionary trajectories
Antonio Benítez-Burraco, David Gil and Ljiljana ProgovacCorrelating declarative/procedural memory with language variation
Antonio Benítez-Burraco and Ljiljana ProgovacSelf-domestication might have tied together (taming of) aggression with cross-modality, facilitating the evolution of languages 
Tatiana Bortolato, Roman Wittig, Cédric Girard-Buttoz and Catherine CrockfordDevelopment of vocal sequences in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus)
Claudio Brozzoli, Simon Thibault, Veronique Boulenger and Alice RoyTool use and syntactic skills improve each other via shared neural patterns in the basal ganglia
Catherine CrockfordThe patterning and ontogeny of chimpanzee vocal sequences and brain pathways
Michel DeGraff (plenary)Creole formation vs. emergence of human language? Origins and evolution of “linguists’ most dangerous myth”
Rayn Epremian, Jonas Nölle, Christine Cuskley and Matthew SpikeTrue story: Narrative as an adaptation for the communication of social survival information
Rabia Ergin, Limor Raviv & Simon KirbyHow word order conventions emerge in the manual modality
J. Benjamin Falandays and Paul SmaldinoThe Emergence of Cultural Attractors: How Informational Bottlenecks at Multiple Scales Support Collective Cognitive Alignment
Andrew FeeneyCan pragmatics account for unleashed expression?
Marco Gamba, Chiara De Gregorio, Daria Valente, Longondraza Miaretsoa, Teresa Raimondi, Olivier Friard, Valeria Torti and Cristina GiacomaRhythm and combinations of vocal signals: insights from the ‘singing primates’
Bart GeurtsNormative evolutionary pragmatics
David GilBare and Constructional Compositionality
Austin HowardSound Symbolism in the Turkish Tongue: Ideophone Identification or the Iconicity of a Myth?
Sverker JohanssonHow many protolanguages were there
Andres Karjus, Richard Blythe, Simon Kirby, Tianyu Wang and Kenny SmithColexification and communicative need in lexical evolution
David LeavensProto-declaratives in the Lab and in Nature
Shiri Lev-Ari, Ivet Kancheva, Louise Marston, Hannah Morris, Teah Swingler and Madina Zaynudinova‘Big’ sounds bigger in more widely-spoken languages
Konstantina Margiotoudi and Friedemann PulvermüllerGrounding sound symbolism in hand actions
Viktor MartinovicLoanpy – A Framework for Computer-aided Borrowing Detection
Filipe MartoneHow philosophy of language can contribute to understanding protolanguage
Theresa Matzinger, Eva Specker, Nikolaus Ritt and W Tecumseh FitchAesthetic perception of prosodic patterns as a potential factor in the cultural evolution of language
Madeleine McGrath, Gregory Mills and Gareth RobertsTurn-taking and the identification of humanness in a highly restricted interactive task
Yasamin Motamedi, Lucie Wolters, Danielle Naegeli, Marieke Schouwstra and Simon KirbyRegularisation, harmony and naturalness in a silent gesture learning task
Roland Mühlenbernd, Slawomir Wacewicz and Przemyslaw ZywiczynskiThe Evolution of Ambiguity in Communication Systems
Albert Newen (plenary)Central roots of concepts in situated social interaction and their informational organization
Jonas Nölle, Oliver G. B. Garrod, Chaona Chen, Meng Liu, Robin A. A. Ince, Philippe G. Schyns and Rachael E. JackUnderstanding the semiotic affordances of human facial expressions using data-driven methods
Cailin O’Connor (plenary)The evolution of vagueness
Aslı Özyürek (plenary)Not only the past but also the future of language is likely to be multimodal
Aliki Papa, Mioara Cristea, Nicola McGuigan and Monica TamarizThe effect of verbal instruction vs modelling on transmission fidelity of causally (ir)relevant actions
Giorgio Papitto, Angela D. Friederici and Emiliano ZaccarellaA behavioral pilot study on the retrieval of hierarchical information in mental representations of action and its segregation from language
Marek PlacińskiStructural alignment and cooperation
Michael Pleyer, Sławomir Wacewicz and Przemysław ŻywiczyńskiShared Evolutionary and Developmental Foundations of Pretence and Pantomime
Monika Pleyer, Michael Pleyer and Sławomir WacewiczTowards an Evolutionary and Naturalistic Approach to the Pragmatic Concept of Face
Michael PleyerProcesses of Entrenchment and Conventionalisation in the Evolution of Language
Aleksandra Poniewierska, Aleksandra Szczepańska, Sławomir Wacewicz, Przemysław Żywiczyński and Michael PleyerThe Representation of Language Evolution Research in Introductory Linguistics Textbooks
Wim Pouw & Susanne FuchsBiomechanics as the primordial basis for the emergence of co-speech gesture
Limor Raviv and Cedric BoeckxComplexity and Simplicity in the evolution of languages across species
Lola Rivoal, Leonard Samain-Aupic, Konstantina Margiotoudi, Maud Champagne-Lavau and Adrien MeguerditchianAre Baboons Able to Consider the Other’s Knowledge State When Pointing? Theory of Mind & Neuroanatomical Correlates within the Superior Temporal Sulcus
Tim Sainburg, Anna Mai and Timothy GentnerLong-range sequential dependencies precede complex syntactic production in language acquisition
Magdalena Schwarz, Theresa Matzinger and Nikolaus RittLinguistic markers of group affiliation increase trust as much as other biological and cultural tags 
Marta Sibierska, Monika Boruta-Żywiczyńska, Przemysław Żywiczyński and Sławomir WacewiczPredictors of communicative success in pantomimic re-enactments of transitive events
Fredrik StjernbergThe use of questions in the evolution of language
Corina StrößnerNatural concepts in conceptual spaces
Kristian Tylén, Riccardo Fusaroli, Sergio Rojo, Katrin Heimann, Nicolas Fay, Niels N. Johannsen, Feix Riede and Marlize LombardInvestigating the cultural evolution of the Blombos and Diepkloof engravings
Kristian Tylén, Zahra Alinam and Cordula VesperThe cultural route to conceptualization of space
Greg Woodin, Bodo Winter and Marcus PerlmanThe iconic impetus of language: From sensorimotor simulation to the lexicon
Przemysław Żywiczyński, Marta Sibierska, Sławomir Wacewicz, Joost van de Weijer, Francesco Ferretti, Ines Adornetti, Alessandra Chiera and Valentina DeriuBetween universality and conventionality: a cross-cultural study of pantomimic enactments of transitive events
Nathalie Gontier, Andy Lock & Chris Sinha (convenors)Theme session: Electronic book launch: Oxford Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution

Barés Gómez & Fontaine [HHU Mediathek]

Becker et al. [HHU Mediathek]

Benítez-Burraco & Progovac


Ergin et al.

Feeney [HHU Mediathek]

Gil [HHU Mediathek]


Karjus et al. [HHU Mediathek]

Lev-Ari et al.

Margiotoudi & Pulvermüller

[HHU Mediathek]

Martinovic [HHU Mediathek]

Matzinger et al.

Mühlenbernd et al. [HHU Mediathek]


Nölle et al. [HHU Mediathek]


Papa et al. (presented by Monica Tamariz)

Papitto et al. [HHU Mediathek]



[HHU Mediathek]

Pleyer [HHU Mediathek]

Pleyer et al.

Poniewierska et al. (presented by Aleksandra Szczepańska & Sławomir Wacewicz) [HHU Mediathek]

Pouw & Fuchs

Raviv & Boeckx

Stjernberg [HHU Mediathek]

Electronic book launch: Oxford Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution

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Tylén et al. a

Tylén et al. b

Woodin et al.