Nijmegen Lectures 2008

10 December 2008 10:30 - 13 December 2008 17:00
Nijmegen Lectures
The Nature and Origins of Language: A Genetic Perspective.
by Simon E. Fisher and Gary F. Marcus

Lecture 1: Genetics of Language & vice versa

Lecture by Gary Marcus: The genetics of language?
Lecture by Simon Fisher: The language of genetics

Discussion:  Genetic variations that affect language


Katharina Dworzynski, King's College London (U.K.)

Andreas Papassotiropoulos , University of Basel (Switzerland)

Franck Ramus, CNRS, Paris (France)


Lecture 2: Methods, Models & Bridges

Lecture by Simon Fisher: Bridging genes, brains, and language
Lecture by Gary Marcus: What is the language faculty made of?


Discussion:  Domain-specificity and animal models


Kurt Hammerschmidt, German Primate Center, Göttingen (Germany)

James Hurford, University of Edinburgh (U.K.)

Constance Scharff, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)


Lecture 3: Evolution & Beyond

Lecture by Gary Marcus: Language as kluge

Lecture by Simon Fisher: Language evolution and the genomics revolution


Discussion: Language evolution


Bart de Boer, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Wolfgang Enard, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany)

Simon Kirby, University of Edinburgh (U.K.)


Radboud University Nijmegen, Aula, Comeniuslaan 2, Nijmegen
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Wundtlaan 1, Nijmegen

Nijmegen Lectures 2008



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