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					                                                      EU: NEST Pathfinder Programme
                                                          “What it means to be human”

SEDSU                                    Stages in the evolution and development of sign use

     SEDSU Workshop at the Novartis Foundation, London

                               6 - 7 December 2007

                                   London, UK


                               The Novartis Foundation
                                  41 Portland Place
                                 London W1B 1BN

The workshop is organized by the coordinating institution of the SEDSU project:
Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

Research partners in the SEDSU project include:
CNRS, Marseille, France
University of Portsmouth, UK
MPI-EVA, Leipzig, Germany
Lund University, Sweden
ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy
                              Thursday, 6th December 2007

09:00         Jules Davidoff                   Introduction to the SEDSU project
              (Goldsmiths, London)

Session 1: Developmental aspects of sign use

09:30         Judy DeLoache                    Becoming Symbol-Minded
              (University of Virginia)

10:30         Coffee break

11:00 -12:30 Chair: Göran Sonesson (Lund)
11:00        Pam Heaton                        What does the study of children with
             (Goldsmiths, London)              disorders of development tell us about sign

              Christine Deruelle               Processing of pictorial displays by autistic
              (CNRS, Marseille)                people
12:00         Discussion

12:30-14:00   Lunch break

Session 2: Phylogeny of sign use

14:00         Juan Carlos Gómez                The evolution of referential cognition:
              (University of St Andrews)       comparative perspectives on the emergence
                                               of signs
15:00         Joël Fagot                       Processing of pictorial 2D displays by
              (CNRS, Marseille)                nonhuman primates

15:30         Coffee break

16:00-18:30 Chair: Juan Carlos Gómez (University of St Andrews)
16:00        Carole Parron (CNRS, Marseille) Baboons’ perception of iconic pictures

              Elsa Addessi (ICST-CNR,          Symbolic use of tokens in capuchin
              Rome)                            monkeys (Cebus apella)?

                                               Capuchins use symbolic artefacts
              Patrizia Poti (ICST-CNR, Rome)
                                               A comparative analysis of perceptual
              Giovanna Spinozzi (ICST-CNR,     grouping processes in humans (Homo
              Rome)                            sapiens) and monkeys (Cebus apella)

17:30-18:30   Discussion
                               Friday, 7th December 2007

Session 3: Cross-cultural and cross-linguistic aspects of sign use

09:00         James Hurford                      What makes us human is not so much the
              (Edinburgh)                        content of our minds as our willingness to
                                                 share it.
10:00         Jules Davidoff                     Attentional and linguistic constraints in
              (Goldsmiths, London)               cognition

10:30         Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Chair: James Hurford (Edinburgh)
11:00        Chris Sinha                         When time is not space

              Vasu Reddy                         Adult directives and infant compliance
              (Portsmouth)                       across cultures
12:00         Discussion

12:30-14:00   Lunch break

Session 4: Sign use and social cognition

14:00         Gergely Csibra                     Infants' interpretation of indexical referential
              (Birkbeck, London)                 signals

15:00         Josep Call                         A comparative view on relating imitation to
              (MPI-EVA, Leipzig)                 communicative gestures

15:30-16:00   Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Chair: Josep Call (MPI-EVA, Leipzig)
16:00        Ingar Brinck                      Gaze, pointing and verbal reference: Some
             (Lund)                            essential differences

              Jordan Zlatev                      From proto-mimesis to language
17:00         Discussion
17:30-18:30   General Discussion “Sign use and What does it mean to be human?”

Registration free.
Attendance by invitation.

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