ALE <Adolescence × Language Evolution>

Open the Barrel of UK-Japan ALE – Enjoy Rich, Fruity, & Mellow Taste –

Open Symposium at the University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus) on Fri, 5th July 2019

Poster (PDF) available here


We are running two research projects entitled “Adolescent Sociality across Cultures: Establishing a Japan-UK Collaboration” and “Evolinguistics: Integrative Studies of Language Evolution for Co-creative Communication”. These two projects share many topics, such as life history evolution, cultural transmission, social network, communication, cognitive development, and (allo)parental investment, including general evolutionary and ecological foundations of humans. This symposium provides an opportunity to explore ideas, to build research networks, and to advance more integrated approaches. We will welcome 7 speakers (including 5 researchers based in the UK) whose talks cover several aspects of the adolescent sociality and language evolution. Organizers hope that you can enjoy this symposium like ALE beer! (or your favorite something!)


Friday, July 5th 2019 (13:00 – 18:35)


Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan (The details will be announced later.)

On Tap Today (Program):

*Titles & abstracts will be available in April/May, and this program may be changed.

Hall opening at 12:30

13:00 – 13:05 Opening remarks by Masahito Morita (The University of Tokyo)

13:05 – 13:20 Project introduction (Adolescent sociality & Evolinguistics) by Emily Emmott (University College London) & Masahito Morita (U Tokyo)

13:20 – 13:50 Talk 1 by Emily Emmott (UCL)

13:50 – 14:20 Talk 2 by Laura Brown (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

14:20 – 14:50 Talk 3 by Anushé Hassan (LSHTM)

Break for 20 min

15:10 – 15:40 Talk 4 by Yudai Tokumasu (U Tokyo)

15:40 – 16:10 Talk 5 by Harumi Kobayashi (Tokyo Denki University)

16:10 – 16:30 General discussion / Moderators: Mari Nozaki (Hirosaki University) & Atsuko Saito (Sophia University)

Break for 20 min

*The below section is also a lecture for undergraduate and graduate students.

16:50 – 16:55 Speaker introduction by Masahito Morita (U Tokyo)

16:55 – 17:40 Talk 6 by Ruth Mace (UCL)

17:40 – 18:25 Talk 7 by Rebecca Sear (LSHTM)

18:25 – 18:35 Summary & Closing remarks by Yasuo Ihara (U Tokyo)

*Each talk includes Q&A and switching time.

Post-symposium party:



Masahito Morita*, Yudai Tokumasu, & Yasuo Ihara

Evolutionary Anthropology Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo

*mmorita.human "at"


ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Grant “Adolescent Sociality across Cultures: Establishing a Japan-UK Collaboration” #ES/S013733/1

MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) on Innovative Areas “Evolinguistics: Integrative Studies of Language Evolution for Co-creative Communication” #4903

We will take photos and record discussions for reports and publicity. Thank you for your understanding.