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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

LingSoc are delighted to announce that Professor Daniel Everett (Bentley University) will be speaking at the next online LingSoc event: Peircean Semiotics, Archaeology, and the Origin of Human Language: Was Homo erectus the first talking human?

Please SIGN UP for this event by noon (BST) on Thursday 11th. You will recieve an attendance link on Thursday before the talk. 


Charles Sanders Peirce was the founder of American Pragmatism, the inventor of first and second order logic with universal and existential quantification, the founder of Semiotics, and much more. This talk explores the implications of his concept of semiosis (interpreting one sign via another) and one component of his semiotic typology, icons vs. indexes vs. symbols, for the evolution of human language. I argue that language is more than 1 million years old; that grammar is not central to human language but merely a computational aid to semiosis; that Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens were likely born into a linguistic world in which language preceded their emergence by more than 800,000 years.

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Thursday, 11 June, 2020 - 15:00 to 16:30
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Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.