Protolang 5 – Accepted Abstracts

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An experimental study of multimodal communication and early language emergence
Vinicius Macuch Silva1,2, Seán G. Roberts1, Judith Holler1 and Asli Özyürek1,2
1Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
2Radboud University Nijmegen

Evolutionary Functions of Linguistic Politeness
Roland Mühlenbernd1, Przemysław Żywiczyński2 and Sławomir Wacewicz2
1University of Tübingen
2University of Torun

The cultural evolution of communicative conventions: Interactions between population dynamics and cognitive biases
Monica Tamariz1 and Jose Segovia Martin2
1Heriot Watt University
2The University of Edinburgh

Distinguishing proximate and ultimate causes in the co-evolution of human language and cumulative culture
Francesco Suman
University of Padova, Department of Biology

Informational bottlenecks lead to co-evolution of categories and systematicity in an emergent communication system
Jonas Nölle1, Marlene Staib2, Riccardo Fusaroli3 and Kristian Tylén2,3
1Centre for Language Evolution, The University of Edinburgh
2Center for Semiotics, Aarhus University
3The Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University

How to create sound symbolism: Cross-linguistic and experimental evidence for establishing active sound symbolic effects
Niklas Johansson
Lund University

Self talk and early human communication
Bart Geurts
University of Nijmegen

What does language contribute to cultural evolution?
Monica Tamariz
Heriot Watt University

Sound production learning
Pedro Tiago Martins
University of Barcelona

The Sensory Theory of Protolanguage Emergence
Christine Cuskley
University of Edinburgh

The units, levels and mechanisms of language evolution: a tentative ordering
Nathalie Gontier
Centre for Philosophy of Science, Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, University of Lisbon

The role of asymmetric alignment in linguistic simplification
Kenny Smith1, Mark Atkinson2, Simon Kirby1 and Olga Feher1
1University of Edinburgh
2University of Stirling

Visualizing a human face impacts the semantic -but not the syntactic- processing of connected speech
David Hernández-Gutiérrez1, Jose Sánchez García1, Irina Noguer1, Javier Espuny1, Sabela Fondevila1, Pilar Casado1,2, Laura Jimenez-Ortega1,2, Werner Sommer3, Rasha Abdel Rahman3, Francisco Muñoz1,2 and Manuel Martín-Loeches1,2
1Center UCM-ISCIII for Evolution and Human Behaviour
2Psychobiology Department, Complutense University of Madrid
3Department of Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Subitizing and the Nature of Protolanguage
Andrew Feeney
Northumbria University

If we self-domesticated, when did it happen?
Constantina Theofanopoulou1,2,3 and Cedric Boeckx1,3,4
1University of Barcelona
2Rockefeller University
3University of Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS)
4Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)

The neurobiology of rhythmic synchronization: implications for human evolution and language
Alessandro Miani
Aarhus University

Polysemy as a vocabulary learning bias
Bernardino Casas, Neus Català, Antoni Hernández-Fernández, Ramon Ferrer-I-Cancho and Jaume Baixeries

All you need is love… or what?
Sverker Johansson
Dalarna University

Constructing a protolanguage: Language evolution and constructionalization
Stefan Hartmann1 and Michael Pleyer2
1University of Hamburg
2University of Koblenz-Landau

Narrative and Pantomime in Language Evolution
Francesco Ferretti, Ines Adornetti, Alessandra Chiera and Serena Nicchiarelli
Roma Tre University

Constraints in Budgerigar Song
Daniel C. McBride Mann1,2 and Marisa Hoeschele2
1City University of New York
2University of Vienna

Reflexive Intentionality, Triadic Engagement, and Symbolic Communication
Rafael Mollenhauer
Universität Duisburg-Essen

Freedom and the origin of language
André Bazzoni
University of São Paulo

The Role of Linguistic Frame Knowledge in the Evolution of Human Cognition and Culture: What Pretend Play Can Tell Us
Michael Pleyer1 and Stefan Hartmann2
1University of Koblenz-Landau
2University of Hamburg

Emergence of Grounded Compositional Action Language
Michael Spranger
Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc.

Labeled trees as the computational step bridging animal cognition to the language faculty and its neural grounding
Tomás Goucha, Emiliano Zaccarella and Angela D. Friederici
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Children vs. the cultural evolution of language – an experimental communicative iterated learning study
Katarzyna Rogalska-Chodecka
Nicolaus Copernicus University

The Role of Mindreading for Social Learning in Early Infancy
Emiliano Loria
Consortium FINO, University of Torino

The biological foundations of the language and music capacity: quest for uniqueness?
Uwe Seifert and Rie Asano
Department of Systematic Musicology, University of Cologne


The optimality of attaching unlinked labels to unlinked meanings
Ramon Ferrer-I-Cancho

Understanding the presentation of a trophy implies the understanding of a syntactic structure
Till Nikolaus von Heiseler
Free University of Berlin

Can Evolution Help Us Understand What Mind Is and Why Does it Develop?
Olga Vasileva
Simon Fraser University

Spatial deixis back in context: a new experimental paradigm for the study of demonstrative reference
Roberta Rocca1 and Juan Olvido Perea Garcia2
1School for Communication and Culture, Aarhus University
2Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University

Population growth and typological shifting in expanding languages
David Sanchez-Molina1 and Mikel Fernandez Georges

Sclera size index does not predict perceived trustworthiness: first empirical steps towards a reassessment of the functions of an overexposed sclera
Juan Olvido Perea García1, Przemysław Żywiczyński2 and Slawomir Wacewicz2
1Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University
2Nicolaus Copernicus University

The emergence of politeness – from implication to stable system
Tobias Gretenkort
Aarhus University

Orthodox I-language and Chomsky’s ‘Only-Language-of-Thought’ Assumption
M. Mehdi Moradi
University of Nottingham

Backchannel Interjections in Human Language and Their Acquisition
Koji Kawahara
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

Signalling stories. The role of metacommunication signals in fiction as an evolved phenomenon and its implications for the evolution of storytelling and language
Marta Sibierska
Nicolaus Copernicus University

Towards an action-based approach to the evolution of language and music
Rie Asano
University of Cologne

Differences on the OXTR between modern humans and extinct hominids: a window to our language-ready behavior
Alejandro Muñoz Andirkó1, Constantina Theofanopoulou1,2,3 and Cedric Boeckx1,3,4
1University of Barcelona
2Rockefeller University
3University of Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS)
4Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA)

Evolutionarily conserved pathways for Lexicalization
Thomas O’Rourke and Saleh Alamri
University of Barcelona

Parameters are not Primitives: consequences for biolinguistics
Callum Hackett
Newcastle University

From a rhythmic musical protolanguage to a metrical and tonal-harmonic music
Alexandre Celma-Miralles1 and Joana Rosselló Ximenes2
1Pompeu Fabra University
2University of Barcelona

The interplay between the medium and syntax in language re-construction
Marek Placiński and Monika Boruta
Nicolaus Copernicus University

Self-touching, gesticulations and attentional processes. An eye-tracking study
Sylwester Orzechowski1, Przemysław Żywiczyński2 and Slawomir Wacewicz2
1Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
2Nicolaus Copernicus University

All-or-nothing theories of language tell us nothing
Pedro Tiago Martins
University of Barcelona

Associations between variation in the vasopressin 1a receptor gene and social behaviour in humans – from altruism to autism
Stefanie Sturm
University of Barcelona

Native experience modulates language prediction hierarchies
Francesco Giannelli1 and Nicola Molinaro2
1University of Barcelona, Cognition and Brain Plasticity Unit
2Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language

Vocabulary acquisition over a 1-week training program, an electrophysiological study.
Neus Ramos-Escobar1, Clément François1, Matti Laine2 and Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells1
1Cognition and Brain Plasticity Group, Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute
2Åbo Akademi University

Satisficing trumps optimizing in human communication
Bruno Galantucci
Yeshiva University
Haskins Laboratories

The greed for computational resources as the drive for larger brains.
Daniele Panizza
University of Goettingen

Mini-Symposium: Insights from birdsong into the evolution and development of spoken language

Constantina Theofanopoulou
University of Barcelona
Rockefeller University
University of Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS)


Insights from non-human animals into the neurobiology of language
Erich D. Jarvis
Rockefeller University

Small steps in animal models, giant leaps for language evolution?
Constance Scharff
Freie Universitat Berlin

Using birds to provide insights in the evolution of grammatical rule learning
Carel ten Cate
Leiden University

Social reward in vocal learning: the case of oxytocin
Constantina Theofanopoulou
University of Barcelona
Rockefeller University
University of Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS)

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