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Call for Papers for the Cognitive and Cultural Influences on Language Emergence (CCILE2020)!

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 14 Feb 2020

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul/Turkey

June 4-5, 2020


Venue: Demir Demirgil room in Henrietta Washburn (Social) Hall, South Campus, Bebek/Istanbul

Invited Speakers: 

  • Ray Jackendoff (Tufts University/MIT)
  • Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)
  • Simon Kirby (University of Edinburgh)
  • Ann Senghas (Barnard College)

Workshop Description: 

Every human community discovered on the planet so far uses language. No other natural communication system of equivalent representational or expressive power exists in the entire animal kingdom. This workshop asks, “How does a human language get its start from scratch in the absence of a conventionalized linguistic model and gain its expressive power?”, and "What is the role of the individual’s mind, and what is the role of having a sustained language community in the process of language emergence and evolution?” Languages can be analyzed as formal systems and as functional systems. These different lenses sometimes yield divergent answers to the central questions above, and disciplinary self-segregation sometimes limits the discoveries that might derive from increased cross-talk between perspectives. Accordingly, this workshop aims to bring together researchers from cognitive science, linguistics, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and related disciplines with the aim of integrating findings and insights from diverse perspectives concerning the contributions of cognitive and cultural factors to the initial stages of language emergence among modern humans. We welcome abstracts on any of (but not limited to) the following topics: language emergence and change, protolanguage, homesign, emerging sign languages, artificial language, iterated learning, language and cognition, evolution of semiotic systems (biological, cultural, or simulated), and gesture in primates (human and non-human).

Abstract guidelines: 

We invite abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations of one-page length (500 words max.), an additional page for supplementary material, figures and references is allowed. Anonymized abstracts must be submitted in PDF (Times 12pt, single spaced, 2.5cm or 1-inch margins on all sides) to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

Submission deadline: February 20, 2020

Notification for acceptance: by March 20, 2020

Official Languages: At present, the official language of the conference is spoken English. We are working to secure interpreting in Turkish Sign Language and International Sign. If you would benefit from these services, please contact us ASAP so that we can document the need to the conference funders, and discuss how to accommodate your need. 


  • Rabia Ergin (Boğaziçi University)
  • Matthew Hall (Temple University)
  • Limor Raviv (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Scientific Committee:

  • Duygu Özge (Middle East Technical University)
  • Pavel Logacev (Boğaziçi University)
  • Funda Yıldırım (Yeditepe University)
  • Bahtiyar Makaroğlu (Ankara University)

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