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Forscherinnen, die mit dem NCCR Evolving Language assoziiert sind, haben sich im Rahmen des Projekts "A researcher in my class" in einige Genfer Klassen eingeladen!

Happy International Women’s Day – March 8, 2023
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Happy International Women’s Day – March 8, 2023

March 8 is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

Triff einige der Frauen des NFS Evolving Language!
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Triff einige der Frauen des NFS Evolving Language!

Begib dich auf eine faszinierende Reise durch die Evolution der Sprache! Fünf unserer #NCCRWomen stellen dir ihre Forschung und ihre persönlichen Erfahrungen in der Wissenschaft vor.

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Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft der Sprache

Der Nationale Forschungsschwerpunkt (NFS) Evolving Language verbindet Forschungsgruppen aus den Geisteswissenschaften, den Sprach- und Computerwissenschaften, den Sozialwissenschaften sowie den Naturwissenschaften an verschiedenen schweizerischen Universitäten. Wir wollen gemeinsam eines der grössten Rätsel der Menschheit erforschen: Was ist Sprache? Wie hat der Mensch die Fähigkeit entwickelt, sich sprachlich auszudrücken, Sprache im Gehirn zu verarbeiten und immer neue Variationen an die nächste Generation weiterzugeben? Wie wird sich unsere Sprachfähigkeit angesichts der digitalen Kommunikation und der Neurotechnik weiterentwickeln?

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  • Lehoczki, F., Andics, A., Kershenbaum, A., Kubinyi, E., Passilongo, D., Root-Gutteridge, H., … Faragó, T. (2023). Genetic distance from wolves affects family dogs’ reactions towards howls. Communications Biology, 6(1), 1–10.
    Schamberg, I., Clay, Z., Townsend, S. W., & Surbeck, M. (2023). Between-group variation in production of pant-grunt vocalizations by wild bonobos (Pan paniscus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 77(1), 14.
    Badihi, G., Graham, K. E., Fallon, B., Safryghin, A., Soldati, A., Zuberbühler, K., & Hobaiter, C. (2023). Dialects in leaf-clipping and other leaf-modifying gestures between neighbouring communities of East African chimpanzees. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 147.
    Watson, S. K., Lambeth, S. P., & Schapiro, S. J. (2022). Innovative multi-material tool use in the pant-hoot display of a chimpanzee. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1–10.
    Barbieri, C., Blasi, D. E., Arango-Isaza, E., Sotiropoulos, A. G., Hammarström, H., Wichmann, S., … Shimizu, K. K. (2022). A global analysis of matches and mismatches between human genetic and linguistic histories. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(47), e2122084119.
    Wilke, C., Lahiff, N. J., Sabbi, K. H., Watts, D. P., Townsend, S. W., & Slocombe, K. E. (2022). Declarative referential gesturing in a wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(47), e2206486119.
    Watson, S. K., Filippi, P., Gasparri, L., Falk, N., Tamer, N., Widmer, P., … Glock, H.-J. (2022). Optionality in animal communication: a novel framework for examining the evolution of arbitrariness. Biological Reviews, 97(n/a), 2057–2075.
    Spiess, S., Mylne, H. K., Engesser, S., Mine, J. G., O’Neill, L. G., Russell, A. F., & Townsend, S. W. (2022). Syntax-like Structures in Maternal Contact Calls of Chestnut-Crowned Babblers (Pomatostomus ruficeps). International Journal of Primatology.
    Pellegrino, E., Kathiresan, T., & Dellwo, V. (2022). Vowel convergence does not affect auditory speaker discriminability in humans and machine in a case study on Swiss German dialects. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 29(1), 60–84.
    Pardo, J. S., Pellegrino, E., Dellwo, V., & Möbius, B. (2022). Special issue: Vocal accommodation in speech communication. Journal of Phonetics, 95, 101196.
    Miani, A., Hills, T., & Bangerter, A. (2022). Interconnectedness and (in)coherence as a signature of conspiracy worldviews. Science Advances, 8(43), eabq3668.
    Jorgewich-Cohen, G., Townsend, S. W., Padovese, L. R., Klein, N., Praschag, P., Ferrara, C. R., … Sánchez-Villagra, M. R. (2022). Common evolutionary origin of acoustic communication in choanate vertebrates. Nature Communications, 13(6089), 1–7.
    Gasparri, L., Filippi, P., Wild, M., & Glock, H.-J. (2022). Notions of arbitrariness. Mind & Language, n/a(n/a), 1–18.
    Miss, F. M., Adriaense, J. E. C., & Burkart, J. M. (2022). Towards Integrating Joint Action Research: Developmental and Evolutionary Perspectives on Co-representation. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 104924.
    Berthet, M., Mesbahi, G., Cäsar, C., & Zuberbühler, K. (2022). Impact of predator model presentation paradigms on titi monkey alarm sequences. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 76(11), 143.
    Bittar, A., & Garner, P. N. (2022). Bayesian Recurrent Units and the Forward-Backward Algorithm. Interspeech 2022, 4137–4141.
    Burkart, J. M., Adriaense, J. E. C., Brügger, R. K., Miss, F. M., Wierucka, K., & van Schaik, C. P. (2022). A convergent interaction engine: vocal communication among marmoset monkeys. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377(1859), 20210098.
    Fröhlich, M., & van Schaik, C. P. (2022). Social tolerance and interactional opportunities as drivers of gestural redoings in orang-utans. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377(1859), 20210106.
    Rossano, F., Terwilliger, J., Bangerter, A., Genty, E., Heesen, R., & Zuberbühler, K. (2022). How 2- and 4-year-old children coordinate social interactions with peers. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377(1859), 20210100.
    Bangerter, A., Genty, E., Heesen, R., Rossano, F., & Zuberbühler, K. (2022). Every product needs a process: unpacking joint commitment as a process across species. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 377(1859), 20210095.
    Atanasova, T., & Laganaro, M. (2022). Word Production Changes through Adolescence: A Behavioral and ERP Investigation of Referential and Inferential Naming. Developmental Neuropsychology, 0(0), 1–19.
    Pasqualotto, A., Parong, J., Green, C. S., & Bavelier, D. (2022). Video Game Design for Learning to Learn. International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, 0(0), 1–18.
    de Gibson, L. C., & Garner, P. N. (2022, August 22). Low-Level Physiological Implications of End-to-End Learning of Speech Recognition. arXiv.
    Bittar, A., & Garner, P. N. (2022). A surrogate gradient spiking baseline for speech command recognition. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 16. Retrieved from
    Mearing, A. S., Burkart, J. M., Dunn, J., Street, S. E., & Koops, K. (2022). The evolutionary drivers of primate scleral coloration. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 14119.
    Soldati, A., Muhumuza, G., Dezecache, G., Fedurek, P., Taylor, D., Call, J., & Zuberbühler, K. (2022). The Ontogeny of Vocal Sequences: Insights from a Newborn Wild Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii). International Journal of Primatology.
    Averly, B., Sridhar, V. H., Demartsev, V., Gall, G., Manser, M., & Strandburg-Peshkin, A. (2022). Disentangling influence over group speed and direction reveals multiple patterns of influence in moving meerkat groups. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 13844.
    Zaghir, J., Goldman, J.-P., Bjelogrlic, M., Gaudet-Blavignac, C., & Lovis, C. (2022). Caregivers Interactions with Clinical Autocomplete Tool: A Retrospective Study. Advances in Informatics, Management and Technology in Healthcare, 295, 132–135.
    Pernon, M., Assal, F., Kodrasi, I., & Laganaro, M. (2022). Perceptual Classification of Motor Speech Disorders: The Role of Severity, Speech Task, and Listener’s Expertise. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
    Zuberbühler, K., León, J., Deshpande, A., & Quintero, F. (2022). Socially scripted vocal learning in primates. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 46, 101153.
    Soldati, A., Fedurek, P., Dezecache, G., Call, J., & Zuberbühler, K. (2022). Audience sensitivity in chimpanzee display pant hoots. Animal Behaviour, 190, 23–40.
    Mine, J. G., Slocombe, K. E., Willems, E. P., Gilby, I. C., Yu, M., Thompson, M. E., … Machanda, Z. P. (2022). Vocal signals facilitate cooperative hunting in wild chimpanzees. Science Advances, 8(30), eabo5553.
    Sotiropoulos, A. G., Arango-Isaza, E., Ban, T., Barbieri, C., Bourras, S., Cowger, C., … Wicker, T. (2022). Global genomic analyses of wheat powdery mildew reveal association of pathogen spread with historical human migration and trade. Nature Communications, 13(1), 1–14.
    Udry, I., & Berthele, R. (2022). Fachbeitrag: Entwicklung der Fremdsprachkompetenzen Englisch bei Kindern mit sonderpädagogischer Förderung. Vierteljahresschrift für Heilpädagogik und ihre Nachbargebiete, 91(3), 212–229.
    Sarkar, E., Prasad, R., & -Doss, M. M. (2022, June 27). Unsupervised Voice Activity Detection by Modeling Source and System Information using Zero Frequency Filtering. arXiv.
    Wilson, V. A. D., Zuberbühler, K., & Bickel, B. (2022). The evolutionary origins of syntax: Event cognition in nonhuman primates. Science Advances, 8(25), eabn8464.
    Merlo, P., & Samo, G. (2022). Exploring T3 languages with quantitative computational syntax. Theoretical Linguistics, 48(1–2), 73–83.
    Tilston, O., Bangerter, A., & Tylén, K. (2022). Teaching, sharing experience, and innovation in cultural transmission. Journal of Language Evolution, 7(1), 81–94.
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Evolving Language steht unter der Leitung von Balthasar Bickel (Institut für Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft, UZH), Anne-Lise Giraud (Abteilung für Grundlegende Neurowissenschaften, Universität Genf) und Klaus Zuberbühler (Institut für Biologie, Universität Neuenburg). Es nehmen mehr als 30 Forschungsgruppen aus neun unterschiedlichen Forschungszentren in der Schweiz sowie Partner aus der Wirtschaft (Google AI, Sonova) und öffentliche Einrichtungen am NFS teil.


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