Submission Deadline

February 1, 2016 (notification by February 15, 2016).

CreativeEvolang will showcase work on creativity and the evolution of language in two formats: through traditional academic talks and an exhibition (more detail below). Attendees are welcome to submit in one or both categories, and exhibition pieces related to academic work are especially encouraged.

Submissions for Talks

CreativEvolang invites submissions for short presentations (20 minutes plus a brief discussion). Submissions for talks should make a substantial empirical contribution to studying the role of creativity and innovation in the evolution of human language and cognition. Topics may include how creativity and innovation play a role in aspects of language change, development, or the language faculty; creativity, play and innovation in non-human animals, and issues surrounding the role of creativity and play in learning. Send submissions as a PDF attachment to Submissions should be no more than two pages (excluding references) and utilize the standard EvoLang submission templates:


Submissions for Exhibition

As part of the workshop we aim to hold a CreativEvolang Exhibition during the coffee hour which will showcase experiments which use play and creativity to study issues in the evolution of language. We welcome submissions to the exhibition, which may include play-based experiments as well as collaborative/evolved creative works with relevance to the workshop topic. To be considered for the exhibition, please submit a 300-500 word summary of your work to noting “Exhibition Submission” in the subject line. Please note that we are unable to provide any equipment for exhibitors. Summaries should include information on the relevance to the workshop aims (in particular if the exhibition is related to a proposed talk), how the work will be displayed, and necessary space requirements. If your work includes a virtual or online component, please provide information on how we can include it in our virtual exhibition.