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  • ISLE-members Robert Weibel and Balthasar Bickel are co-authors of the research article on "contact-tracing in cultural evolution: a Bayesian mixture model to detect geographic areas of language contact"

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  • Kentaro K. Shimizu and Balthasar Bickel published together with other authors an article on "Exploring correlations in genetic and cultural variation across language families in northeast Asia"

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  • Guanghao You, Balthasar Bickel, Moritz M. Daum and Sabine Stoll have published a new paper on "Child-directed speech is optimized for syntax-free semantic inference"

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  • Congratulations to our ISLE member Paul Widmer, who has been appointed full professor

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  • The basic human emotions are genetically inherited. They also exist in the animal kingdom. But do they also have empathy like us humans?

     

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  • Carmen Saldana and Chiara Barbieri participated in the SciFilmIt Hackathons and created a movie on language in 72 hours

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  • NCCRWomen campaign: Nicole Tamer and Jessie Adriaense from the UZH presented their research work

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  • A study by Sebastian Sauppe examines how fundamental differences in syntax shape the time course of sentence planning and how brain activity during speaking varies between simple and complex grammatical forms.

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  • Judith Burkart, member of the ISLE, has published a research article, which gives an inside perspective on how marmoset monkeys perceive and process third-party interactions.

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  • New paper by Maxime Garcia on the Acoustic allometry and vocal learning in mammals.

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  • In a new paper out in Language, ISLE members Sabine Stoll and Balthasar Bickel teamed up with John Mansfield (U Melbourne) for measuring the extent to which agreement markers cluster in their morphological placement

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  • «NFS Evolving Language: ein nationaler Forschungsschwerpunkt zur Sprache» auf dem Blog der SAGW (Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften)

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  • Marta Manser's group has appeared in a documentary on ARTE TV.

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  • UZH Magazin interviewed Balthasar Bickel about his research and the research agenda of the NCCR Evolving Language

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  • The NCCR "Evolving Language" has been approved for funding by the Swiss Parliament. The research network will be directed by Balthasar Bickel. More information can be found here.

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  • Great apes might be able to analyze causality in the events they observe, a capacity that might have been the basis for the evolution of human language syntax.

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  • ISLE member Judith Burkart just published a new open-access study in PLOS ONE.

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  • Sabrina Engesser and Simon Townsend, both members of ISLE and IVS, published an article in PNAS that sheds light on the building blocks of bird vocalisations.

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