News 2019

The meaning of emotion: cultural and biological evolution impact how humans feel feelings
Scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History compared 2474 spoken languages, finding that emotion semantics have been shaped by both cultural and biological evolution. more
Why Are People Left- (or Right-) Handed?
Dr. Natalie Uomini of the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution offers evolutionary perspectives on handedness to Live Science more
Humans’ ability to read dogs’ facial expressions is learned, not innate
The first comprehensive study of the human ability to recognize the facial expressions of dogs suggests this ability is mainly acquired through age and experience and is not an evolutionarily selected trait, and in adults is better in those growing up in dog-positive cultural contexts. more
Max Planck Mental Health Awareness Week at the Institute
The Institute will be hosting a variety of events from October 7-10 to bring awareness to these issues, organized by the Mental Health Awareness Week Committee. more
New study shows common carp aquaculture in Neolithic China dating back 8,000 years
By using age-mortality and species-selection profiles from prehistoric East Asia, researchers identified carp aquaculture in Henan Province, China, thousands of years earlier than previously reported. more
Human genetic diversity of South America reveals complex history of Amazonia
New study explores genetic roots of 26 populations from diverse regions and cultures of western South America and Mexico, revealing long-distance connections between speakers of the same language, and new traces of genetic diversity within Amazonia. more
Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Juliane Kaminski: "Through a dog's eyes: Domestication and the dog-human bond"
Date & Time: Jun 14, 2019, 13:00
Speaker: Dr. Juliane Kaminski, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution more
Vaupés to Vanuatu: an interdisciplinary workshop on linguistic diversity
Date: May 15-17, 2019
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Contact: more
Origin of Sino-Tibetan language family revealed by new research
Phylogenetic analysis of the Sino-Tibetan language family, which includes Chinese, Tibetan, and Burmese, suggests that it originated about 7,200 years ago in North China and was linked to the Neolithic cultures of the late Cishan and early Yangshao. more
Diet-Induced Changes Favor Innovation in Speech Sounds
Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds, such as “f”, in languages all over the world, a study by an international team led by researchers at the University of Zurich has shown. The findings contradict the theory that the range of human sounds has remained fixed throughout human history. more
Sea otters’ tool use leaves behind distinctive archaeological evidence
Researchers used an interdisciplinary approach combining ecology and archaeological methods to study sea otters' past behavior. more
DLCE & DAG Workshop: The History of the Dogon and Pre-Dogon Settlements in West Africa
Date: March 11, 2019
Room: Oval Office 103
Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution & Department of Archaeogenetics more
Honorary Professorship at the University of Mainz awarded to Prof. Dr. habil. Martine Robbeets

Honorary Professorship at the University of Mainz awarded to Prof. Dr. habil. Martine Robbeets

Prof. Dr. habil. Martine Robbeets has been awarded an honorary professorship at the University of Mainz. She will give her Inaugural Lecture titled "Building on Mainzer traditions in Transeurasian linguistics" on 15 February 2019. Congratulations!
Transeurasian millets and beans, language and beans
Welcome to the participants in the Transeurasian Conference 2019!
The conference runs from January 8-11.
More information and conference program at the link. more
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