The 5th International Conference in Evolutionary Linguistics (CIEL-5) will be held during August 17-19, 2013 at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. CIEL is an annual conference for researchers to report and discuss the latest progress in evolutionary linguistics.

From an interdisciplinary perspective, evolutionary linguistics interacts with anthropology, archeology, biology, linguistics, neuroscience, and psychology. Collaborative research work among these areas will make new contributions to evolutionary linguistics, both in breadth and depth. Therefore, there is much anticipation of enhancing international interaction and interdisciplinary collaborations via this conference. The earlier ones in Guangzhou, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Beijing have been held in the same spirit.

Topics of CIEL-5 include the following areas:

  1. Language as a complex adaptive system;
  2. Language and population evolution;
  3. Diachronic and synchronic study of language;
  4. Language and the brain;
  5. Other language-related research.

The working languages of CIEL-5 are Mandarin and English.



Full abstract submission deadline:
April 30, 2013

Notification of acceptance:
June 16, 2013

Author’s registration deadline:
July 12, 2013

Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, CUHK Language Engineering Laboratory, CUHK Language and Cognition Laboratory, CUHK Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre, CUHK Laboratory for Language, Learning and the Brain, CUHK Faculty of Arts, CUHK Department of Chinese Language and Literature, CUHK Research Centre for Chinese Linguistics, CUHK State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, HKU Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, PolyU The Linguistics Society of Hong Kong