7th Evolinguistic Seminar

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Date      : 2020/12/23 (Wed)17:30-19:00 JST
Venue      : Zoom (room information will be informed to participant applicant later)
Lecturer   : Tomoya Nakai (Researcher, Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)
Title     : Quantitative modeling of brain representations of multiple linguistic information

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Posted: 12/11/2020

6th Evolinguistics seminar

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Date      : 2020/11/26 (Thu)17:30-18:30 JST
Venue      : Zoom (room information will be informed to participant applicant later)
Lecturer   : Takashi Morita (Research Fellow, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)
Title     : Unsupervised machine learning for cognitive modeling of language learning and analysis of animal vocalization

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Posted: 11/8/2020

5th Evolinguistics Seminar

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Date        : 2020/11/5 (Thu) 18:00-19:30 JST (10:00-11:30 CET)
Venue        : Zoom (room information will be informed to participant applicant later)
Lecturer    : Prof. Cedric Boeckx
(Research Professor, Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA), Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems (UBICS))
Title          :  A compositional view of the origins of the modern human language faculty
Overview :
In this talk I want to explore new ways of probing further the mosaic nature of the language faculty through the prism of its evolutionary trajectory. It is now clear that a simplistic evolutionary scenario of the sort still entertained by some linguists (e.g. Berwick and Chomsky’s 2016 “Why Only Us” account) is untenable, detached as it is from robust empirical considerations generated in allied disciplines (archaeology, paleogenetics, etc.). The piecemeal assembly of the language faculty over evolutionary time will be examined here, focusing not only on the subcomponents of language but also on the temporal order of their emergence. A bit like semanticists do when talking about compositionality, we’ll be asking about the component parts of the language faculty and how they were put together.
I’ll take inspiration from Limor Raviv’s recent work, and I’ll explore this question using agent-based modeling, but also through bioinformatic methods allowing us to date the origins of certain genetic variants.

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Posted: 10/21/2020

4th Evolinguistics seminar

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Date      : 2020/10/13 (Tue)17:30-18:30 JST
Venue      : Zoom (room information will be informed to participant applicant later)
Lecturer   : Harumi Kobahashi (Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Denki University)
Title         : Why do people use language-redundant gestures?

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Posted: 10/8/2020

3rd Evolinguistics Seminar

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Title: The symbol un-grounding process and the semiotic basis of grammar and syntax
Lecturer: Terrence Deacon (Professor, University of California, Berkeley)
Language: English
Date&Time: 2020/10/1(木) 10:30~12:00 JST (9/30 (Wed) 18:30-20:00 PDT)

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It is widely assumed by linguists and psychologists that words are abstract sign vehicles arbitrarily mapped to corresponding mental concepts and categories of objects. This assumption leads to two troubling implications: 1) difficulty explaining how symbolic reference is established (the so-called “symbol grounding problem”) and 2) difficulty explaining the source of the systematic regularities of grammar and syntax (i.e. whether nature or nurture – innate mental algorithms or serendipitously widespread social conventions). These explanatory dilemmas derive from a reductive oversimplification of the symbol concept that ignores the fact that symbolic reference is hierarchically dependent on non-symbolic forms of reference (e.g. systematic relationships among iconic and indexical forms of reference).
I suggest instead that we need to invert this logic and consider a bottom-up analysis of the construction of symbolic reference. This can be termed the “symbol un-grounding process.” Iconic and indexical signs are intrinsically grounded in the sense that the sign vehicles themselves embody features (similar form and physical correlational features, respectively) that link them to what they refer. But symbolic forms, like words and morphemes which specifically lack intrinsic features to ground their reference, instead must depend on relations between sign vehicles to provide referential grounding. This means that what we describe as grammar and syntax are the expression of necessary iconic and indexical semiotic constraints that symbolic reference depends on for its referential grounding. In this sense many of the most nearly universal features of grammar and syntax derive neither from nature nor from nurture, but are expressions of semiotic universals. Failure to respect these constraints results in ambiguity of referential grounding.
This also undermines the so-called “poverty of the stimulus” argument, because it means that young children acquiring their first language actually receive extensive feedback about their use of grammar and syntax—in the form of failure to communicate or interpret reference. In addition, infants acquire considerable experience respecting the constraints of iconic and indexical communication prior to and during the early stages of language acquisition via their communicative interactions with caretakers and supported by their innate tendencies to point and track the attention of others.


Posted: 9/17/2020

2nd Evolinguistics seminar

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Date        : 2020/9/4 (Fri)17:00-18:00 JST
Venue      : Zoom (room information will be informed to participant applicant later)
Lecturer   : Katsuhiro SANO    (Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University)
Title         : Development of the hierarchical structure in human tools and language
Language : Japanese

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Posted: 8/26/2020

1st Evolinguistics seminar

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We start Evolinguistics Seminar Series in August 2020. Through this seminar series, you can understanding deeply from various point of view.

1st Evolinguistics seminar
Date      : 2020/8/19 (水)17:00-18:30 JST (10:00-11:30 CEST)
Venue   :Zoom (room infomration will be informed to participant applicant later)
Lecturer: Luc Steels    (Research Professor,Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA) (IBE-UPF/CSIC) Barcelona)
Title      : Constructive approaches to language evolution
Summary :
The problem how human languages have evolved is one of the most fascinating problems of science. We have a lot of data on of actual language evolution collected by historical linguists and sociolinguists but there is still no widely accepted theory. This presentations surveys work that uses a synthetic or constructive approach to study this problem, meaning that we proceed through experiments with artificial agents (possibly even humanoid robots) that are given the minimal infrastructure to create their own language and then we observe what language is emerges.
There is a practical utility to this challenge but in this talk we are interested to learn more about how these experiments can inform us about the origins of human language.
The constructive approach started already in the mid nineteen-nineties and has by now yielded a rich harvest of models and experiments. Recently there has been a renewed interest to apply methods from deep learning. This talk surveys progress so far and then looks ahead to see how we could most profitably advance further.



Posted: 8/26/2020

新学術「共創言語進化」国際セミナー 「鳥の感覚世界」


2020年3月17日(火) 14:30 ~ 17:20 東京大学駒場キャンパスⅠ コムシーウエストにて、新学術「共創言語進化」国際セミナー 「鳥の感覚世界」を開催致します。

新学術「共創言語進化」領域 国際セミナー



14:30    はじめに 

      領域代表 岡ノ谷一夫

14:40 – 15:40 鳥の視覚世界 

      ビーレフェルト大学 ハンス=ヨアキム・ビッショフ

15:40 – 15:50 休憩

15:50 – 16:50 鳥の聴覚世界 

      メリーランド大学 ロバート・ドゥーリング

16:50 – 17:20 総合討論 

      領域代表 岡ノ谷一夫

場所:東京大学駒場Iキャンパス KOMCEE WEST レクチャーホール



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Posted: 2/4/2020


This event completed

We are running two research projects entitled “Adolescent Sociality across Cultures: Establishing a Japan-UK Collaboration” and “Evolinguistics: Integrative Studies of Language Evolution for Co-creative Communication”.

Please refer to this website for details.

Poster available from here.

Date and Time: July 5th, 2019, Fri 13:00-18:35

Venue: Auditorium, Bldg. No.2, Faculty of Science, Hongo campus, U Tokyo

These two projects share many topics, such as life history evolution, cultural transmission, social network, communication, cognitive development, and (allo)parental investment, including general evolutionary and ecological foundations of humans. This symposium provides an opportunity to explore ideas, to build research networks, and to advance more integrated approaches. We will welcome 7 speakers (including 5 researchers based in the UK) whose talks cover several aspects of the adolescent sociality and language evolution. Organizers hope that you can enjoy this symposium like ALE beer! (or your favorite something!)

Organizers: Masahito Morita*, Yudai Tokumasu, & Yasuo Ihara
Evolutionary Anthropology Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo
*mmorita.human “at”

Posted: 5/7/2019

International Symposia “EVOLINGUISTICS 2018”

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A series of seven symposia/conferences will be held under the name of “EVOLINGUISTICS 2018”, our first large-scale international sympoia.

For details (abstracts), please see the symposia website .

A2 Poster

A4 Flyer


Dates:August 1st Wed ~ August 9th Thu, 2018

Program & Schedule

① Keynote lecture 1

August 1st Wed, 14:00-16:00 at Lecture Theater, Komaba I campus, The University of Tokyo

Origins of Human Communication Speaker:  Michael Tomasello

② Origins and evolution of language in search of archaeological and anthropological perspectives <co-sponsored by The Japanese Society for Language Sciences>

Look Outline

August 2nd Thu, 16:15-18:15  at W310, West Bldg., Fujimino campus, Bunkyo Gakuin University

Richer fossils    Speaker: Cedric Boeckx

Evolution of brain endocast and human language capacity    Speaker: Osamu Kondo

Stone tools and language evolution: the technological pedagogy hypothesis      Speaker: Dietrich Stout

③ On moral development

August 2nd Thu, 14:00-16:00 at N206, North Lecture Hall,  Tokyo Gakugei University

Early development of social understanding and prosocial behavior Speaker:Margarita L. Svetlova

④ Keynote lecture 2

August 3rd Fri, 15:00-17:00 at   K212, 21 KOMCEE East, Komaba I campus, The University of Tokyo (hosted by A01 team)

From the logical to the biological Speaker:Cedric Boeckx

⑤ Intention Sharing and Language Evolution

August 4th Sat, 10:00-16:20 at Lecture Hall,  21 KOMCEE West , Komaba I campus, The University of Tokyo (hosted by B03 team)

Shared intentionality and early language acquisition   Speaker: Michael Tomasello

Developmental plasticity of the sensitivity to communicative signals    Speaker: Atsushi Senju

Reading Mind / Assuming Mind in Human Communication: A Developmental Perspective   Speaker: Kazuhide Hashiya

Children’s understanding of higher-order intentions in verbal communication    Speaker: Tomoko Matsui

Use and comprehension of pointing as a means of intention sharing     Speaker: Harumi Kobayashi

⑥ Kyoto Conference on Evolinguistics 2018

August 6th Mon, 13:30-17:30 at  Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Kyoto University 

A plea for evolutionary mosaicism: A gradual perspective on language evolution     Speaker: Cedric Boeckx

Tool-making and language: neuro-computational models of action syntax in human evolution    Speaker: Dietrich Stout

Communication Before Language    Speaker: Michael Tomasello

⑦ Kyoto International Psychology Seminar [co-sponsored]

August 9th Thu, 17:30~18:30 at Seminar Room 2, Shirankaikan Annex, Kyoto <co-sponsored by Kyoto International Psychology Seminar>

Human Collaboration Speaker:Michael Tomasello


Michael Tomasello (Int’l Advisory Board・Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology/Duke University)

Cedric Boeckx (Int’l Advisory Board・A01 Research Collaborator・ICREA/Universitat de Barcelona)

Osamu Kondo (B02 Co-project Leader・The University of Tokyo)

Dietrich Stout (B02 Research Collaborator・Emory University)

Margarita L. Svetlova (Duke University)

Atsushi Senju (University of London)

Kazuhide Hashiya (B03 Research Collaborator・Kyushu University)

Tomoko Matsui (B03 Co-project Leader・Tokyo Gakugei University)

Harumi Kobayashi (B03 Project Leader・Tokyo Denki University)


Contacts: (numbering corresponds to the program number)

① Kazuo Okanoya (Head Investigator, The University of Tokyo)  <>

② Harumi Kobayashi (B03 Project Leader, Tokyo Denki University) <>

Yasuo Ihara (B02 Project Leader, The University of Tokyo)  <>

③ Tomoko Matsui (B03 Co-project Leader, Tokyo Gakugei University)  <>

④ Koji Fujita (A01 Project Leader, Kyoto University)  <>

⑤ Harumi Kobayashi (B03 Project Leader, Tokyo Denki University) <>

⑥ Koji Fujita (A01 Project Leader, Kyoto University)  <>

⑦ Shoji Itakura (Kyoto University) <>



Posted: 7/12/2018

JAPAN SONGBIRD WORKSHOP 2018 “Neural, genetical, and behavioral studies of song learning”

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Date:July 30th Mon, 10:00-17:20

Venue:Komaba I campus, The University of Tokyo, 21 KOMCEE West B1F Lecture Hall

Progaram:(look flyer)

10:00-10:05AM:Short Introduction  (by Kazuhiro Wada, Hokkaido University)

10:05-10:45AM:Ryosuke O. Tachibana (Okanoya lab, University of Tokyo)

Variability predicts plasticity in a rhythmic feature of birdsong

10:45-11:10AM:Chinwake N. Asogwa (PhD student at Wada lab, Hokkaido University)

Inter- and intra-specific differences of muscarinic acetylcholine receptor expression in the neural pathways for vocal learning in songbirds

11:10-11:50AM:Masashi Tanaka (Mooney lab, Duke University) 30min+10min

A mesocortical dopamine circuit underlies the cultural transmission of the birdsong

Lunch 11:50AM-1:20PM

1:20-1:45PM:      Hongdi Wang (PhD student at Wada lab, Hokkaido University)

Regulatory divergence of gene transcription for species-specific song production in songbirds

1:45PM-2:15PM: Tsuyoshi Shimmura (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)

Toward multi-level understanding of innate vocalization in chickens

2:15-2:55PM:     David Wheatcroft (Uppsala University)

Divergence in song discrimination between closely related species in and out of secondary

Break 2:55-3:20PM

3:20-3:45PM: Tomoko Fujii (PhD student at Okanoya lab, University of Tokyo)

Formation of song preference and its relation to vocal learning in Bengalese finches

3:45-4:25PM:    Wan-chun Liu (Colgate University)

Exploring the effect of social interaction on vocal learning

4:25-5:05PM:   Jonathan Prather (University of Wyoming, USA)


5:05-5:20PM:  Kazuo Okanoya (University of Tokyo)

Closing remarks

PM5:20-  Banquet for discussion at MM hall


Contact: B01 Co-project Leader, Kazuhiro Wada (Hokkaido University)

Posted: 6/12/2018

EVOSLACE: Workshop on the emergence and evolution of social learning, communication, language and culture in natural and artificial agents

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Date&Time:July 25th Wed, 2018,  10:30-19:00

A workshop titled above will take place at ALIFE 2018 (THE 2018 CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL LIFE), which is in partnership with us Evolinguistics Project.

Many of the C01 members will give a talk at the workshop.

・Workshop Web page
・ALIFE 2018 Web page

Registration required (see Workshop Web page above)

Contact: Reiji Suzuki, C01 C0-project Leader・Nagoya University (

Posted: 6/12/2018

Workshop “the (co-)evolution of genes, languages, and music from data analyses to theoretical models”

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Date & Time: July 17th 2018, 13:00-18:00
Venue: Kihara Institute for Biological Research, Yokohama City University (Yokohama, Japan)

We will have the workshop on evolution of genomes, languages and music. This program is financially aided by URPP Evolution in Action, University of Zurich & “Evolinguistics” MEXT Grand-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, Japan.

It aims to clarify the evolution of languages/music and similarities/differences from biological evolution through quantitative datasets. We provide three sessions presenting 1. dispersals of language (and music) relating to migration histories from genetics side, 2. linguistic and musicological studies, and 3. theoretical modelings of cultural and linguistic evolution. Then, we will have a discussion about what we can learn about the evolution of languages and music through the different types of the datasets in the final session.

Organizers: Hiromi Matsumae(Tokai University) & Kentaro Shimizu (University of Zurich/Yokohama City University).

Contact: Hiromi Matasumae

Please see the following website for more details.


13:00-13:10 Hiromi Matsumae (Tokai University)

Session #1: Co-evolution of genes, language and music from genetics side
13:10-13:40 Hiromi Matsumae (Tokai University)
13:40-14:10 Chiara Barbieri (University of Zurich)
14:10-14:25 break

Session #2: Case studies in Linguistics and Musicology
14:25-14:55 Kouji Kawahara  (Nagoya University of Foreign Studies)
14:55-15:25 Patrick E. Savage (Keio University)
15:25-15:40 break

Session #3: Modeling evolution of languages and culture
15:40-16:10 Takashi Hashimoto (JAIST)
16:10-16:40 Yasuo Ihara (University of Tokyo)
16:40-16:55 break

Session #4: Discussion
16:55-17:45 discussion

Posted: 6/1/2018

International Symposium:Cutting Edge Technology for EEG Data Analysis

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Varghese Peter (Macquarie University)
Keiichi Kitajo (RIKEN Center for Brain Science)
Hiroaki Wagatsuma (Kyusyu Institute of Technology)
Anna Lekova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Robotics)


Date & Time:2018/6/23 (Sat) 12:30-17:30

Venue: Bldg.18, Collaboration room3 (4th floor), Komaba I Campus, The University of Tokyo
1 min. walk from the station Komaba-todaimae on the Inokashira Line

Contact:Reiko Mazuka (RIKEN CBS)
※Please replace ★ with @ in the email address above.

Posted: 5/25/2018

International Symposium for “Potentials and Perspectives of Communication among Humans and Agents Including Robots and Animals”

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Date & Time:  May 22nd Tue, 2018 13:00-17:30 / May 23rd Wed, 09:00-17:00

Venue: Kitakyushu Science and Research Park・Conference Center (Main Hall)

No entrance fee

Proram details

Contact: C01 co-project leader, Hiroaki Wagatsuma, Kyushu Institute of Technology

Posted: 5/15/2018

Neurobiology of Vocal Production in Frogs

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Date & Time: May 14th Sat, 2018  17:00-18:30

Venue:Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo, Room 113, Bldg. #3  (campus map

Speaker:Dr. Ayako Yamaguchi

(The University of Utah, USA)

Contact:Kazuo Okanoya, U. of Tokyo / 03-5454-6301

Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying behavior presents a formidable challenge requiring a well-chosen model system and sophisticated experimental tools. Vocalizations of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) are an exceptionally well suited model system for this objective. In this species, a simplified mechanism of vocal production allows straightforward interpretations of neuronal activity with respect to behavior, and neural mechanisms of calling can be studied in vitro because fictive vocalizations can be elicited in the isolated brain. Furthermore, the vocalizations of Xenopus are sexually differentiated, and rapid androgen-induced masculinization of female vocalizations provides an invaluable opportunity for determining how new behavior arises from existing neural circuits in response to steroid hormones. In my talk, I will discuss how the vocal central pattern generators (CPG) are constructed, and an unexpected discovery of feedback pathways within the CPG that play a critical role in the rhythm generation. In addition, I will describe our work developing a technique to deliver transgenes into the frog nervous system.

Posted: 5/8/2018

The 3rd Whole Group Meeting

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Date & Time:May 12 Sat, 13:00-20:00

Venue:Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo
21 KOMCEE West, Lecure Hall・MM Hall (campus map)

※This is a closed meeting for project members only.


13:00-18:00  Research presentation (oral) by H30-31 open recruitment researchers   [Lecture Hall]

18:00-20:00 Research presentation (poster) by H30-31 open recruitment researchers / Banquet [MM Hall]

download program

Posted: 4/24/2018

The 1st General Assembly Meeting

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Date & Time: March 12 Mon-13 Tue, 2018

Venue: Hotel Seapalace Resort <Toyohashi>

※This is a closed meeting for project members only.


Day-1 March 12 Mon, 2018

13:00~17:55    Report on progress status and future plan, Research presentation by each of five research teams
18:30~20:30   Poster session-1 / Reception
20:30~21:30   Poster session-2

Day-2  March 13 Tue, 2018

09:00~12:00   Joint research presentions
13:00~16:30    Young researchers presentions

Posted: 3/7/2018

Tokyo Conference on Evolinguistics

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Date and time: March 7th Wed., 2018

Venue:  University of Tokyo, Komaba campus, Bldg.18 Hall



Shin-ich Tanaka (University of Tokyo)

Rethinking Syllable Typology from the Perspective of Evolinguistics: From Universal Constraints to Interface Conditions


Pedro T. Martins (Universitat de Barcelon)

An Evolutionary Contiguum Hypothesis for Sound Production Learning


Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin University)

Recursive Merge and Phonological Features


Bridget D. Samuels (University of Southern California)

Foxp2 and Friends: From Phenotype to Genotype and Back

Program details

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Contact:Shin-ichi Tanaka(A01 C0-project leader)


Posted: 1/29/2018

Fish as model systems for vocal communication and hearing research

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Date  and time:December 8th Fri, 15:00-16:00

Venue:Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo, Room 126, Bldg. #16  (campus map

Speaker:Dr. Raquel  O. VASCONCELOS

(Institute of Science and Environment, University of Saint Joseph. Macau S.A.R., China)

Contact:Kazuo Okanoya, U. of Tokyo / 03-5454-6301

Fish as model systems for vocal communication and hearing research

Teleost fish comprise the largest group of extant vertebrates displaying the greatest diversity in sound producing apparatus and sensory hearing structures for social communication and orientation. Neural circuitry controlling vocal behaviour in vertebrates seems to have evolved from conserved brain areas found in ancestral fish before they diverged into the major clades. Thus, studies that investigate acoustic communication systems in this taxon are important to gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental mechanisms underlying social acoustic communication.

Moreover, studying organisms from an early diverging vertebrate lineage such as fish is essential to comprehend the evolution and function of the vertebrate inner ear, since many early developmental events are evolutionary conserved.

In this talk I will focus on the social role and physiological mechanisms controlling acoustic communication in toadfishes (Batrachoididae). I will further discuss current research on auditory plasticity and development of auditory function using both models – toadfish and zebrafish (Danio rerio, Cyprinidae).

Posted: 12/7/2017

Two Talks on Bird song

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Date and time:  October 25th Wed 10:00-, 11:30-

Venue:  Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo, Room 116, Bldg. #3  (campus map)


10:00- 11:00  Dr. Jon Sakata (McGill University)  “Brain mechanisms shaping vocal learning”

11:30-12:30  Dr. Sarah Wooley (McGill University)  “Neural mechanisms for preference and pereption in a female songbird”

Posted: 10/20/2017

Linguistics and Biology

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Date and time:  November 10th Fri 16:30-17:30

Venue:  Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Kyo-hoku Room No.28, Yoshida Minami Sogo-kan (campus map)

※Language: English

※No entrance fee / No registration required

Title: Linguistics and Biology

Speaker: Prof. Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/Universitat de Barcelona)


Contact: Koji Fujita (Kyoto University/A01 Project Leader)

Posted: 10/18/2017

Kyoto Conference on Evolinguistics

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Date and time:  November 11th Sat 13:30-17:35 / 12th Sun 09:30-17:30

Venue:  Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Large Lecture Room (campus map)

  • No entry fee, no registration required. Food and drink not allowed.
  • Language: English


November 11th  Sat 13:30-

Koji Fujita (Kyoto U., theoretical linguistics) “Evolinguistics: What is it, who does it, and how will it evolve?”

Rie Asano (U. of Cologne, biomusicology) “Principled explanations in comparative biomusicology”

Michiru Makuuchi (Nat. Rehab. Center, neurolinguistics) “Brain mechanisms for MERGE”

Yasuo Ihara (U. of Tokyo, evolutionary anthropology) “Evolution of physical weakness by social selection through choice of collaborative partners”

Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/UB, biolinguistics) “Brain growth trajectory and language-readiness: Linking hypotheses and new data”

Mini-session 1: “Human evolution, brain evolution and language evolution”

November 12th Sun 09:30-

Shiro Ojima (Yokohama Nat. U., experimental linguistics) “A biolinguistic approach to multicompetence”

Kazumi Taniguchi (Kyoto U., theoretical linguistics) “A cognitive linguistics view of language acquisition and its implications for language evolution”

Harumi Kobayashi (Tokyo Denki U., developmental psychology) “Ostensive-inferential communication and language development”

Reiji Suzuki (Nagoya U., artificial life) “Constructive approaches to evolution of social learning and niche construction”

Takashi Hashimoto (JAIST, science of complexity) “Adaptability of recursive combination: Evolutionary simulation and some speculations”

Cedric Boeckx (ICREA/UB, biolinguistics) “Self-domestication and its contribution to modern human cognition”

Kazuo Okanoya (U. of Tokyo, biological psychology) “Behavioral and neural mechanisms for stimulus chunking in birds and humans”

Mini-session 2: “Language acquisition and language evolution”

Mini-session 3: “Niche construction and language evolution”

Mini-session 4: “Music and language evolution”



Posted: 10/13/2017

Project Kick-off Meeting and Discussions with Briefing of Call for Research Application (Tokyo)

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Date and time:  September 24th Sun, 2017, 14:00-17:30

Venue:  Komaba 1 campus, University of Tokyo, KOMCEE West K001 Lecture Room (campus map)


14:00-17:00  Project Kick-off Meeting & Briefing on Public Call for Research Grant Application

17:00-17:30  Individual Consultation for Public Call for Research Grant Application

※Food and drink not allowed

Posted: 8/3/2017

Project Kick-off Meeting and Discussions with Briefing of Call for Research Application (Kyoto)

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Date and time:  September 19th Tue, 2017, 14:00-17:30

Venue:  Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Large Lecture Room (campus map)


14:00-17:00  Project Kick-off Meeting & Briefing on Public Call for Research Grant Application

17:00-17:30  Individual Consultation for Public Call for Research Grant Application

Food and drink not allowed

Posted: 8/3/2017

Lecture on Linguistics by Wolfram Hinzen

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Date and time:  August 3rd Thu, 2017, 16:00-17:30

Venue:  Faculty of Integrated Human Studies B05 room on B1F, Yoshida Minami Campus, , Kyoto University

Title: Un-Cartesian Linguistics and the Nature of the Semantic Interface

Speaker:Prof. Wolfram Hinzen (ICREA/Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

Posted: 7/11/2017

The 1st Management Team Meeting (Komaba campus, University of Tokyo)

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Following the announcement that our grant proposal was accepted, we held the first management team meeting on July 7th, 2017.

We reconfirmed the purpose and method, formulated research plans based on the allocated budget, and confirmed our future policies.

Posted: 7/7/2017