September 5th - 8th, 2022

Joint Conference on Language Evolution

Co-organized by Evolang, Protolang, and Evolinguistics

at Kanazawa, Japan & Online

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Scientific research on language evolution has been making remarkable progress for some decades now, leading to a rapid growth of interdisciplinary research communities with diverse thematic and methodological foci. In 2022, for the first time, we will hold a joint conference co-organized by Evolang, Protolang, and Evolinguistics.


Evolution of Language International Conferences


Ways to (proto)language conference series
The Protolang conference series creates an interdisciplinary platform for scholarly discussion on the origins of symbolic communication distinctive of human beings, with a thematic focus on delineating the genetic, anatomical, neuro-cognitive, socio-cultural, semiotic, symbolic and ecological requirements for evolving (proto)language.


Evolinguistics: Integrative Studies of Language Evolution for Co-creative communication
Evolutionary linguistics to study past, present, and future of co-creative linguistic communication. Supported by MEXT, Japan, 2017-2022.

This conference will provide an unprecedented opportunity to bring together all the language evolution research communities, enabling a global platform for interdisciplinary discussion.

Keynote Presenters

Cedric Boeckx

University of Barcelona, Spain

Kazuo Okanoya

Teikyo University, Japan

Carol Padden

University of California, USA

Simone Pika

Osnabrück University, Germany

Invited Presenters

Limor Raviv

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

Koji Fujita

Kyoto University, Japan

Zanna Clay

Durham University, UK

Takashi Hashimoto

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Yasuo Ihara

University of Tokyo, Japan

Judith Burkart

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Aniruddh Patel

Tufts University, USA

Harumi Kobayashi

Tokyo Denki University, Japan

The Venue

Address: 15-1 Takaokamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0864, Japan

The conference will take place as a hybrid online & on-site conference in Kanazawa, Japan.

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