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The origins of human language at the Zoo Basel
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The origins of human language at the Zoo Basel

Dr. Vanessa Wilson and Prof. Klaus Zuberbühler explain in a podcast how they trace the origins of human language at the Zoo Basel.

An NCCR Researcher joins the ESA astronaut class 2022
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An NCCR Researcher joins the ESA astronaut class 2022

Research and teaching fellow at the University of Geneva, Raphael Liégeois has been selected by the European Space Agency to become an astronaut.

Genes and Languages not Always Together
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Genes and Languages not Always Together

Does the history of our languages match the history of our genes? A team of scientists have revealed a large number of matches – but also widespread mismatches in around 20 percent of cases, including in Malta, Hungary and Namibia.

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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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Upcoming Events

  • “Relative influences of nature vs nurture on the (auditory) brain and language”, Narly Golestani

    13 December 2022ISLE
  • Speech Units Workshop

    17 April 2023 to 19 April 2023

Our Network

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Evolving Language is led by Balthasar Bickel (Department of Comparative Language Science, UZH), Anne-Lise Giraud (Department of Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva) 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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