Workshop: Language Evolution in our Hand (Nijmegen, Netherlands)



2nd Nijmegen Gesture Center (NGC) Spring Workshop: Language Evolution in our HandLanguage Evolution in our Hand

Nijmegen Gesture Centre

Preliminary Program (as of March 5, 2010)

tea & coffee

09:15-09:30 Opening

09:30-10:15 The co-evolvement of hands and mouth in utterance construction: Implications for Language Origins Theories – Adam Kendon, University of Pennsylvania

10:15-11:30 Early Links between iconic gestures and sound symbolic words: Evidence for multimodal protolanguage – Sotaro Kita, University of Birmingham

tea & coffee

11:45-12:30 From Gesture to Sign: Conventionalization of spatial expressions – Asli Ozyurek, Inge Zwitserlood, & Pamela Perniss, Radboud University Nijmegen & MPI


14:00-14:45 Homesign to Language in Nicaragua: A Case Study of Language Genesis – Marie Coppola, University of Connecticut

14:45-15:30 The emergence and evolution of Nicaraguan spatial and number signs – Ann Senghas, Barnard College NY

tea & coffee

15:45-16:30 The cultural basis of neural language processing: Evidence from communicative isolation in early life – Rachel Mayberry, University of California, San Diego

16:30-17:00 Closing discussion


Please register by sending an e-mail to:

Connie de Vos

Asli Ozyurek

Where and when:
09:00-17:00 Apr 19, 2010
Conference room 163, Max Planck Institute
Connie de Vos, Asli Ozyurek

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