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Language evolution in our hand
How did our language capacity evolve? What did the first humans communicate to each other? And how does a new language emerge? These challenging questions, which recently have become very popular, are still facing language scientists today. On April 19th, the Nijmegen Gesture Centre of the Radboud University Nijmegen will organise a Spring Workshop at the MPI for Psycholinguistics which will focus on the role of gesture and sign in language evolution and look at the human language capacity from a new perspective.
April 8, 2010
The one day workshop of the Nijmegen Gesture Centre (NGC) will take place close to Evolang8, the 8th International Conference on the Evolution of Language at the University of Utrecht from April 14 to 17. Among the speakers in Nijmegen are leading scientists working on the role of gesture in spoken language and its evolution, and also researchers who documented the beginning of Nicaraguan Sign Language as it emerged over three generations.