Event Dates: 3-7 April 2013
Event Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Event URL: http://saa.org/Default.aspx?TabId=1419
Admittedly very short notice, but I was just notified of a language evolution workshop at this years Society for American Archaeology conference. Submission is by 200word abstract, so despite the deadline interested parties should be able to put something together.
"Language may be unique to humans, yet its origins and evolution remain unclear. Many language-origin theories and hypotheses have been proposed by linguists, computer scientists, primatologists, and anthropologists, but archaeologists have rarely been consulted. Exactly how language may be manifest in material culture continues to be a matter of debate. Archaeological clues that may be relevant to language evolution occur in various time periods and places. However, meaningful interpretation of this evidence requires the careful consideration of linguistic, primatological, anthropological, and computational data. This session will bring together researchers from several of these disciplines to explore how the varied evidence can be, and has been, combined from different perspectives to better understand one of humanity's strangest features."
If you would like to join the session, please login to the online system at https://ecommerce.saa.org/SAA_AbstractSubmission/Account/LogOn
and submit your abstract for session ID # 160.
The system requires payment for the conference registration of $119, but you can get a refund if your abstract is not accepted.
Questions should be directed to the organizer at n.uomini (at) liverpool.ac.uk