ICPhS Phonetic Evolution Meeting. 12/8/2015 in Glasgow

At this year’s International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Glasgow, there is a special interest satellite meeting on the evolution of phonetic capabilities.

Title: The Evolution of Phonetic Capabilities: Causes, Constraints and Consequences

Date: Wednesday 12th August 2015

Time: 13.30 – 18.30

Place: Glasgow SECC, Boisdale 1

Registration is £10, and can be completed through the ICPhS registration page under “Registration only with no accommodation”.

If you would like to register only for this meeting, without registering for the main ICPhS conference, you can do so by emailing contact@icphs2015.info

For any other queries, contact hannah@ai.vub.ac.be


In recent years, there has been a resurgence in research in the evolution of language and speech. New techniques in computational and mathematical modelling, experimental paradigms, brain and vocal tract imaging, corpus analysis and animal studies, as well as new archeological evidence, have allowed us to address questions relevant to the evolution of our phonetic capabilities. The workshop will focus on recent work addressing the emergence of our phonetic capabilities, with a special focus on the interaction between biological and cultural evolution.


The Evolution of Phonetic Capabilities: Causes, Constraints and Consequences

Wednesday 12th August – Glasgow SECC, Boisdale 1

13.50 – 14.00 Welcome
14.00-14.20 Introduction Hannah Little
14.20 – 14.50 Laryngeal Articulatory Function and Speech Origins John H. Esling,

Allison Benner &

Scott R. Moisik

14.50 – 15.20 Anatomical biasing and clicks: Preliminary biomechanical modeling Scott R. Moisik &

Dan Dediu

15.20 – 15.50 Exploring potential climate effects on the evolution of human sound systems Seán G. Roberts,

Caleb Everett &

Damián Blasi

15.50 – 16.20 Coffee Break
16.20 – 16.50 General purpose cognitive processing constraints and phonotactic properties of the vocabulary Padraic Monaghan & Willem H. Zuidema
16.50 – 17.20 Simulating the interaction of functional pressure, redundancy and category variation in phonetic systems Bodo Winter &

Andy Wedel

17.20 – 17.50 Universality in Cultural Transmission Bill Thompson
17.50 – 18.30 Discussion Panel Chaired by

Bart de Boer


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