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News from the department of Linguistic and cultural evolution

Study conducted at the Wolf Science Center in Vienna shows that dogs seem to have lost some problem solving abilities when they were domesticated.

Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs

Study conducted at the Wolf Science Center in Vienna shows that dogs seem to have lost some problem solving abilities when they were domesticated. [more]
The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History welcomes 300 participants from around the globe to Jena to introduce a unique forum for evolutionary research: the Cultural Evolution Society. The Society’s inaugural conference takes place from September 13th to 15th and is organized by the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution.

“A turning point in the study of cultural evolution”  

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History welcomes 300 participants from around the globe to Jena to introduce a unique forum for evolutionary research: the Cultural Evolution Society. The Society’s inaugural conference takes place from September 13th to 15th and is organized by the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution. [more]
Around 7000 languages are spoken worldwide. Why do humans speak so many languages? Johann-Mattis List speaks with Deutschlandfunk Nova.

Hallo! Hello! ¡Hola!

Around 7000 languages are spoken worldwide. Why do humans speak so many languages? Johann-Mattis List speaks with Deutschlandfunk Nova. [more]
Members of the DLCE (Cormac Anderson, Johann-Mattis List, Paul Heggarty) in collaboration with the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (represented by Prof. Adrian Simpson) are organising a thematic session at the Poznań Linguistic Meeting in Poznań, Poland on 18 September with the title Phonological representation in the quantitative era of comparative linguistics".

47th Poznań Linguistic Meeting

Members of the DLCE (Cormac Anderson, Johann-Mattis List, Paul Heggarty) in collaboration with the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (represented by Prof. Adrian Simpson) are organising a thematic session at the Poznań Linguistic Meeting in Poznań, Poland on 18 September with the title Phonological representation in the quantitative era of comparative linguistics". [more]
The DLCE (represented by Simon Greenhill and Johann-Mattis List) organises a panel on the German Day of Oriental Studies which will take place in Jena this year (September 18-22). On September 21, from 9am to 1pm scientists from the institute and external guests will share and discuss their thoughts on the topic "Languages as keys to our past".

33rd German Day of Oriental Studies - "Asia, Africa and Europe"

The DLCE (represented by Simon Greenhill and Johann-Mattis List) organises a panel on the German Day of Oriental Studies which will take place in Jena this year (September 18-22). On September 21, from 9am to 1pm scientists from the institute and external guests will share and discuss their thoughts on the topic "Languages as keys to our past".
Creole languages shed light on the robustness of language transmission.

Humans learn complex grammatical patterns even in extremely challenging circumstances

Creole languages shed light on the robustness of language transmission. [more]
"Genomic insights into the relationship between ancient Japanese and modern East Eurasians."Date: Aug 16, 2017Time: 14:00 - 15:30Host: eurasia3angle & DAG

Talk by Hideaki Kanzawa-Kiriyama

"Genomic insights into the relationship between ancient Japanese and modern East Eurasians."
Date: Aug 16, 2017
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Host: eurasia3angle & DAG [more]
In an article published on July 24 by Russell Gray and Joseph Watts in PNAS they outline how advances in computational methods and large cross-cultural datasets are beginning to reveal the broad patterns and processes underlying our cultural histories.

Identifying major transitions in human cultural evolution

In an article published on July 24 by Russell Gray and Joseph Watts in PNAS they outline how advances in computational methods and large cross-cultural datasets are beginning to reveal the broad patterns and processes underlying our cultural histories.

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DLCE research associate Michael Gavin writes in The Conversation about a new model that explores processes that may have shaped Australia's language diversity. July 16, 2017. Further media coverage:Why Are There So Many Different Languages in the World?Newsweek, 17.07.2017 Why Do Human Beings Speak So Many Languages?Scientific American, 17.08.2017Why Do We Speak So Many Languages?Radio Interview, WYPR, 15.08.2017Hallo! Hello! ¡Hola! - Warum sprechen Menschen so viele Sprachen? (interview with Johann-Mattis List)Deutschlandfunk Nova, 10.09.2017

Why do human beings speak so many languages?

DLCE research associate Michael Gavin writes in The Conversation about a new model that explores processes that may have shaped Australia's language diversity. July 16, 2017.

Further media coverage:
Why Are There So Many Different Languages in the World?
Newsweek, 17.07.2017
Why Do Human Beings Speak So Many Languages?
Scientific American, 17.08.2017
Why Do We Speak So Many Languages?
Radio Interview, WYPR, 15.08.2017
Hallo! Hello! ¡Hola! - Warum sprechen Menschen so viele Sprachen? (interview with Johann-Mattis List)
Deutschlandfunk Nova, 10.09.2017
Invited speakers: John Peterson (University of Kiel), Sarah Thomason (University of Michigan), Lars Johanson (University of Mainz)

DLCE Workshop "Language shift and substratum interference in (pre)history"

Invited speakers:
John Peterson (University of Kiel),
Sarah Thomason (University of Michigan),
Lars Johanson (University of Mainz)
Religious Control of Sexuality Increases Paternity Certainty: A longterm study of the Dogon of Mali

Beverly Strassmann: Religion, Sexuality, and Paternity in the Dogon of Mali

Religious Control of Sexuality Increases Paternity Certainty: A longterm study of the Dogon of Mali
A new genomic study reveals a genetic continuity and adds new aspects to the debatte of the diffusion of the indo-european languages.

Populations along the eastern Mediterranean coast share a genetic heritage that transcends nationality

May 16, 2017

A new genomic study reveals a genetic continuity and adds new aspects to the debatte of the diffusion of the indo-european languages. [more]
Scientists at the MPI-SHH and MPI-EVAN compare the cooperation behavior of wolves and dogs

Cooperation and Domestication

May 12, 2017

Scientists at the MPI-SHH and MPI-EVAN compare the cooperation behavior of wolves and dogs

[more]
Latest study reveals 89% success-rate of computational detection of word relationships across language families

Computational methods applied to big datasets are compelling tools for historical linguistics

February 06, 2017

Latest study reveals 89% success-rate of computational detection of word relationships across language families [more]
May 8 to May 14, 2017 QMSS provides intensive training in quantitative methods for the study of linguistic and cultural evolution.

2nd Quantitative Methods Spring School - Apply now!

May 8 to May 14, 2017
QMSS provides intensive training in quantitative methods for the study of linguistic and cultural evolution.
Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series Nov 30, 2016Myles Jackson uses the story of the CCR5 gene to investigate the interrelationships among science, technology, and society.

Myles Jackson: The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS and Race

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
Nov 30, 2016
Myles Jackson uses the story of the CCR5 gene to investigate the interrelationships among science, technology, and society.
Speakers: Mathieu Charbonneau, Russell Gray, Daniel Haun, Fiona Jordan, Anne Kandler, Tim Lewens, Richard McElreath, Olivier Morin, Christina Moya, Kim Sterelny, Dan Sperber

Cultural Evolution Symposium, Sep 26, 2016

Speakers: Mathieu Charbonneau, Russell Gray, Daniel Haun, Fiona Jordan, Anne Kandler, Tim Lewens, Richard McElreath, Olivier Morin, Christina Moya, Kim Sterelny, Dan Sperber

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Sept 12, 2016  Press release to: D. E. Blasi, S. Wichmann, H. Hammarström, P. F. Stadler, and M. H. Christiansen, Sound–meaning association biases evidenced across thousands of languages, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113, 2016.

Sound of words is no coincidence

Sept 12, 2016
Press release to: D. E. Blasi, S. Wichmann, H. Hammarström, P. F. Stadler, and M. H. Christiansen, Sound–meaning association biases evidenced across thousands of languages, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113, 2016.
Date: Aug 22, 2016Speakers: Russell Gray, Nicole Boivin, Hiba Babiker, Chiara Barbieri, Anne-Marie Fehn, Tom Güldemann, Abbie Hantgan, Jeffrey Heath, Steve Moran, Luca Pagani, Jorge Rocha, Lameen Souag

Mini African Symposium

Date: Aug 22, 2016
Speakers: Russell Gray, Nicole Boivin, Hiba Babiker, Chiara Barbieri, Anne-Marie Fehn, Tom Güldemann, Abbie Hantgan, Jeffrey Heath, Steve Moran, Luca Pagani, Jorge Rocha, Lameen Souag

Aug 09, 2016Press release to: Piers Kelly

Excavating a hidden bell story from the Philippines: a revised narrative of cultural-linguistic loss and recuperation. Journal of Folklore Research 53 (2), 86-113 (2016)

In search of a golden age - The hunt for war treasure in the Philippines has hidden meanings

Aug 09, 2016
Press release to: Piers Kelly
Excavating a hidden bell story from the Philippines: a revised narrative of cultural-linguistic loss and recuperation. Journal of Folklore Research 53 (2), 86-113 (2016)
July 08, 2016  Press release to: Kirby, K. R.; Gray, R. D.; Greenhill, S. J.; Jordan, F.; Gomes-Ng, S.; Bibiko, H.-J.; Blasi, D. E.; Botero, C. A.; Bowern, C.; Ember, C. R. et al., D-PLACE: A global database of cultural, linguistic and environmental diversity. PLoS One 2016 (Published July 8, 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.371)

Massive open-access database on human cultures created

July 08, 2016
Press release to: Kirby, K. R.; Gray, R. D.; Greenhill, S. J.; Jordan, F.; Gomes-Ng, S.; Bibiko, H.-J.; Blasi, D. E.; Botero, C. A.; Bowern, C.; Ember, C. R. et al., D-PLACE: A global database of cultural, linguistic and environmental diversity. PLoS One 2016 (Published July 8, 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.371)
May 13–18, 2016
QMSS provides intensive training in quantitative methods for the study of linguistic and cultural evolution.

Quantitative Methods - Spring School 2016

May 13–18, 2016

QMSS provides intensive training in quantitative methods for the study of linguistic and cultural evolution.


April 04, 2016Press release to: J. Watts , Oliver Sheehan, Quentin Douglas Atkinson, J. Bulbulia, and Russell D. Gray
Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies, Nature 532 (7598), 228-231 (2016)

The dark side of religion

April 04, 2016
Press release to: J. Watts , Oliver Sheehan, Quentin Douglas Atkinson, J. Bulbulia, and Russell D. Gray
Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies, Nature 532 (7598), 228-231 (2016)
April 04,2016 Press release to: Chiara Barbieri, Alexander Hübner, Enrico Macholdt, Shengyu Ni, Sebastian Lippold et.al., Refining the Y chromosome phylogeny with southern African sequences, Human Genetics 135 (5), 541-553 (2016)

Genetics reveals the impact of lifestyle on evolution

April 04,2016
Press release to: Chiara Barbieri, Alexander Hübner, Enrico Macholdt, Shengyu Ni, Sebastian Lippold et.al., Refining the Y chromosome phylogeny with southern African sequences, Human Genetics 135 (5), 541-553 (2016)

Dec 09, 2015
On Dec. 9th the Dept. of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution invited staff and students of the FSU Jena with an interest in languages and linguistics to brief talks, discussions and a tour of the institute's library.

Linguistic Open Day

Dec 09, 2015

On Dec. 9th the Dept. of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution invited staff and students of the FSU Jena with an interest in languages and linguistics to brief talks, discussions and a tour of the institute's library.

 
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