Center for Language Evolution Studies
Nicolaus Copernicus University

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Pantomime in language evolution
Supported by grants UMO-2017/27/B/HS2/00642 and 2017/01/X/HS2/01722 from the Polish National Science Centre.
EVO-POLITE: an evolutionary approach to linguistic politeness
Evolutionary sources of the cooperative structuring of conversation. The role of nonverbal mechanisms
Supported by grant UMO-2012/07/E/HS2/00671 (Sonata Bis 2) from the Polish National Science Centre.

Aims at:

  • investigating the role of a specific sub-type of nonverbal coordination - resonance of self-regulating movements - in conversation; investigating the potential role of low-level coordination behaviours (such as resonance of self-regulators) in language evolution, as a candidate mechanism for bootstrapping conversational cooperation
  • investigating the role of the morphology of the human eye in cooperation


  • see Publications
  • a corpus of annotations of conversations for conversational turns and self-regulatory movements has been released publicly under the Creative Commons licence (CC-BY-NC): Corpus of annotations
"Między mową a gestem" (Between speech and gesture) 2011-2014

Aims at creating the first textbook on language evolution in the Polish language. Based on a review of current research into the evolution of language, with particular emphasis placed on the role of communication in the visual channel, i.e. the gestural component.

Supported by grant 3704/B/H03/2011/40 from the Polish National Science Centre.


Foundation for Polish Science Polish National Science Centre Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies Lisbon Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab Association for the Legality of AI’s Volition