Workshop Itinerary

The Stuff of Language workshop will run from 9:30-2:30 on 15 April, 2018. Short presentations (15 minute presentation and 5 minutes questions/discussion) will be followed by a break for lunch, and a longer free discussion.

9:30 Welcome and Introduction (Cory Stade)

9:40 Invited Speaker Claudio Tennie, University of Tubingen: “Early Stone Tools: non-cultural, (minimally) cultural or culture-dependent traits?”

10:00 Invited Speaker Antoine Muller, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “Experimental evidence of hierarchical organisation and recursion in lithic technology: Implications for the evolution of language”

10:20 SignBase: Creating a database for abstract motives in the Upper Palaeolithic (Ewa Dutkiewicz, Christian Bentz)

10:40 The new merge: Paleorchaeology and evolutionary linguistics (Olga Vasileva)

11:00 Break

11:10 The biocognitive ‘guns, germs, and steel’ underlying Homo sapiens’ unique material culture (Saleh Alamri, Alejandro Muñoz, Tom O’Rourke, Pedro Tiago Martins, and Cedric Boeckx)

11:30 Evaluating the effects of different mechanisms of social transmission for the acquisition of manual gestures on stone tools production (Diego Lombao, Arturo Cueva-Temprana, Marina Mosquera)

11:50 Understanding social learning and language through the earliest evidence of technological blade production (Christian Hoggard and Cory Stade)

12:10 Invited Speaker Sverker Johansson, Dalarna University: “Midwives and the birth of language”

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Discussion

14:15 Closing remarks and details of article collaboration

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