News 2017

Genetics preserves traces of ancient resistance to Inca rule
DNA analysis of present-day populations in the Chachapoyas region of Peru indicates that the original inhabitants were not uprooted en masse by the Inca Empire’s expansion into this area hundreds of years ago. more
Miriam Haidle presenting her talk at the CESC 2017
Miriam Haidle presenting her keynote "Entering new rooms - multidimensional development in cultural evolution" at the CESC 2017 more
Cecilia Heyes talking at CESC 2017
Cecilia Heyes presenting her keynote "Enquire within cultural evolution and cognitive science" at the CESC 2017 more
Wolf or dog - who is more clever?
Juliane Bräuer and Russell Gray discuss Dr. Bräuer's recent paper comparing wolf and dog cognition with MDR Thüringen Journal. The study showed that dogs seem to have lost some problem solving abilities during domestication. more
The ‘myth’ of language history: languages do not share a single history
A large-scale study of Pacific languages reveals that forces driving grammatical change are different to those driving lexical change. Grammar changes more rapidly and is especially influenced by contact with unrelated languages, while words are more resistant to change. more
ERC Starting Grant awarded for project 'Waves of history in the South Pacific'
Adam Powel's project will build the tools necessary to establish gene-culture coevolution in the genomic-era. more
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
“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
Inaugural Cultural Evolution Society ConferenceJena, 13-15 September 2017
The Cultural Evolution Society supports evolutionary approaches to culture in humans and other animals. The society welcomes all who share this fundamental
interest, including in the pursuit of basic research, teaching, or applied work. more
Hallo! Hello! ¡Hola!
Around 7000 languages are spoken worldwide. Why do humans speak so many languages? Johann-Mattis List speaks with Deutschlandfunk Nova. more
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
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". more
Humans learn complex grammatical patterns even in extremely challenging circumstances
Creole languages shed light on the robustness of language transmission. more
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. more
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 more
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) more
Distinguished Lecturer Seminar by Beverly Strassmann
"Religious Control of Sexuality Increases Paternity Certainty: A longterm study of the Dogon of Mali" more
Populations along the eastern Mediterranean coast share a genetic heritage that transcends nationality
A new genomic study reveals a genetic continuity and adds new aspects to the debatte of the diffusion of the indo-european languages. more
Cooperation and Domestication

Cooperation and Domestication

February 06, 2018
Scientists at the MPI-SHH and MPI-EVAN compare the cooperation behavior of wolves and dogs more
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. more
Computational methods applied to big datasets are compelling tools for historical linguistics
Latest study reveals 89% success-rate of computational detection of word relationships across language families more
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