SIG Language Origins


This SIG aims at studying the origins of language through a comparative approach to human and nonhuman animal communication and cognition. To this aim, we will promote an interdisciplinary dialogue on language origins involving experts on multiple fields, as, for instance, evolutionary biology, phylosophy of language, psycholinguistics, linguistics, data science and neuroscience.



We will meet on a regular basis to discuss experimental methods and data analysis of planned or ongoing work, as well as theories, key concepts and relevant papers in the field. In addition, we will brainstorm on ideas for potential collaborations on both theoeretical and empirical work pertinent to the study of language origins.

Finally, in the interest of fine-tuning our scientific communication skills, these meetings can be used as a platform to practice oral presentations on topics pertinent to the group.

If you would like to give a presentation within the SIG Language Origins meetings, please contact Piera Filippi.



Date Room Topic
20 November 2019 16:30-17:30 PLK 204 Introduction and interdisciplinary brainstorming
17 December 2019 15:30-16:30 PLK 204 Maël Leroux: Call combinations in chimpanzees
15 January 2019 14:00-15:00 PLK 204

Brainstroming session on interdisciplinary approaches to language evolution

12 February 2019 14:00-15:00 PLK 204 Piera Filippi: Discussion of experimental design (Chintang participants)
18 March 2019 14:00-15:00 PLK 204 TBA