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Celebrating International Mother Language Day
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Celebrating International Mother Language Day

On International Mother Language Day, let's remember that the NCCR Evolving Language works with the aim of preserving and promoting these endangered languages.

A Joint Workshop on Cross-cultural Psycholinguistics between UZH and Tribhuvan University, Nepal
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A Joint Workshop on Cross-cultural Psycholinguistics between UZH and Tribhuvan University, Nepal

A joint initiative for a one-day workshop between researchers from TU's Central Department of Linguistics and UZH’s Department of Comparative Language Science took place on February 16th in Kirtipur, Nepal.

Classes on language evolution for seniors at the Uni3
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Classes on language evolution for seniors at the Uni3

In the spring semester of 2024, the Uni3 - Senior University of Geneva - offers classes on the evolution of language to its participants, in collaboration with the NCCR Evolving Language.

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Exploring the past, present and future of language

The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language is a nationwide interdisciplinary research consortium bringing together research groups from the humanities, from language and computer science, the social sciences, and the natural sciences at an unprecedented level. Together, we aim at solving one of humanity’s great mysteries: What is language? How did our species develop the ca­pa­city for linguistic expression, for processing language in the brain, and for con­sist­ently passing down new variations to the next generation? How will our capacity for language change in the face of digital com­munication and neuroengineering?

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  • Pellegrino, E. (2024). After Self-Imitation Prosodic Training L2 Learners Converge Prosodically to the Native Speakers. Languages, 9(1), 33. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages9010033
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Evolving Language is led by Balthasar Bickel (Department of Comparative Language Science, UZH), Daphné Bavelier (Cognitive Neuroscience group, UNIGE) and Klaus Zuberbühler (Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel). Over 30 research groups across Switzerland are taking part in this NCCR, from 9 different institutions as well as partners in industry (Google AI, Sonova) and public organizations.

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