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Advancing Behavioral And Cognitive Understanding of Speech (ABACUS)

The ABACUS symposium presents a series of lectures by invited speakers from a wide range of disciplines, and aims to discuss how we can further advance the study of speech from an evolutionary perspective. The evolutionary perspective entails trying to understand how linguistic signals, as well as the cognitive and anatomical machinery to use them, came to be the way they are. The symposium is held in the context of the end of the ERC project ABACUS led by Prof. Bart de Boer.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Registration is now closed.



Dan Dediu  Language & Genetics (MPI Nijmegen, The Netherlands )

Tecumseh Fitch – Cognitive Biology (University of Vienna, Austria) Cancelled

Marco Gamba  Primatology & Bioacoustics (University of Turin, Italy)

Odette Scharenborg -Human and automatic speech processing (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Marieke Schouwstra  Simulating conventionalization in the lab (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Tessa Verhoef  Evolution of linguistic structure (UC San Diego, USA)

Karin Wanrooij (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Anne Warlaumont  Emergence of communication (UC Merced, USA)

Andy Wedel - Language change (University of Arizona, USA)


Where and when:
09:00-17:00 Jan 14, 2017
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Important deadlines:
Registration deadline on 15th December
Bart de Boer, Sabine van der Ham, Hannah Little
VUB, Brussels
Sabine van der Ham,

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