Centre for Language Evolution Studies

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Collegium Maius, Room 26,
ul. Fosa Staromiejska 3, 87-100 Toruń


Selected Publications

Mühlenbernd, R.; Wacewicz, S.; Żywiczyński, P. 2022. The Evolution of Ambiguity in Sender—Receiver Signaling Games. Games, 13, 20. https://doi.org/10.3390/g13020020

Żywiczyński, P., Wacewicz, S. 2022. From Body to Language: Gestural and Pantomimic Scenarios of Language Origin in the Enlightenment. Topoi. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11245-021-09791-w

Zywiczynski, P., Wacewicz, S., Lister, C. 2021. Pantomimic fossils in modern human communication. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 376 (1824), 20200204.

Hartmann, S., Pleyer, M. 2021. Constructing a protolanguage: reconstructing prehistoric languages in a usage-based construction grammar framework. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 3762020020020200200 http://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0200

Shi E. R. & Zhang, E. Q. 2021. Subcortical Contributions to the Uniqueness of Human Cognition. Biolinguistics 15.

Zywiczynski, P., Sibierska, M., Wacewicz, S., van de Weijer, J., Ferretti, F., Adornetti, I., Chiera, A. & Deriu, V. 2021. Evolution of conventional communication. A cross-cultural study of pantomimic re-enactments of transitive events. Language & Communication, 80, 191-203.

Wacewicz, S., Zywiczynski, P. 2021. Pantomimic conceptions of language origins. In Gontier, N., C. Sinha, A. Lock (eds.). Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution, second edition. Oxford: OUP. DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198813781.013.30

Hartmann, S., Pleyer, M., Wacewicz, S., Benítez-Burraco, A., Zywiczynski, P. 2021. Hypotheses and Definitions in Language Evolution Research: Reply to Mendívil-Giró (2020). BIOLINGUISTICS 15, 1-11.

Mühlenbernd, R., Wacewicz, S., Żywiczyński, P. 2020. Politeness and reputation in cultural evolution. Linguistics and Philosophy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10988-020-09315-6

Danel, D., Wacewicz, S., Kleisner, K., Lewandowski, Z., Kret, M., Zywiczynski, P., Perea-Garcia, J. 2020. Sex differences in ocular morphology in Caucasian people: a dubious role of sexual selection in the evolution of sexual dimorphism of the human eye. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 74, 115. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-020-02894-1

Wacewicz, S., Zywiczynski, P., Hartmann, S., Pleyer, M., Benítez-Burraco, A. 2020. Language in language evolution research: In defense of a pluralistic view. Biolinguistics 14.

Zlatev , J., Zywiczynski, P., Wacewicz, S. 2020. Pantomime as the original human-specific communicative system. Journal of Language Evolution 5 (2), 156-174. doi: 10.1093/jole/lzaa006

Adornetti, I., Ferretti, F., Chiera, A., Wacewicz, S., Żywiczyński, P., Deriu, V., Marini, A., Magni, R., Casula, L., Vicari, S., Valeri, G. 2019. Do children with Autism Spectrum Disorders understand pantomimic events?. Frontiers in Psychology 10:1382. DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01382

Wacewicz, S., Zywiczynski, P. 2018. Language origins: Fitness consequences, platform of trust, cooperation, and turn-taking. Interaction Studies 19(1-2), 167–182. DOI: 10.1075/is.17031.wac

Arbib, M., et al. 2018. The Comparative Neuroprimatology 2018 (CNP-2018) Road Map for Research on How the Brain Got Language. Interaction Studies 19:1-2, 370–387. DOI 10.1075/is.18013.arb

Żywiczyński, P., Sławomir Wacewicz and Marta Sibierska 2018. “Defining Pantomime for Language Evolution Research”. Topoi 37:2, 307-318. DOI: 10.1007/s11245-016-9425-9

Danel, D., Wacewicz, S., Lewandowski, Z., Żywiczyński, P., Perea-Garcia, J. 2018. Humans do not perceive conspecifics with a greater exposed sclera as more trustworthy… acta ethologica 21:3, 203-208. DOI: 10.1007/s10211-018-0296-5

Zlatev J., Wacewicz S., Żywiczyński P., van de Weijer, J. 2017. Multimodal-first or pantomime-first? Communicating events through pantomime with and without vocalization. Interaction Studies 18(3); p. 454–477. PDF preprint DOI: 10.1075/is.18.3.08zla

Żywiczyński Przemysław, Wacewicz Sławomir, Orzechowski Sylwester. 2017. Adaptors and the turn-taking mechanism : the distribution of adaptors relative to turn borders in dyadic conversation. Interaction Studies 18(2); p. 276–298. PDF preprint
DOI: 10.1075/is.18.2.07zyw

Żywiczyński, P., Gontier, N., Wacewicz, S. 2017. „The evolution of (proto-)language: Focus on mechanisms”. Language Sciences 63; p. 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2017.06.004

Wacewicz, S. 2017. Comment on „Wild Voices: mimicry, reversal, metaphor, and the emergence of language” by Chris Knight and Jerome Lewis. Current Anthropology 58 (4); p.14–15. DOI: 10.1086/692905

Wacewicz, S., Przemysław Żywiczyński and Alessandra Chiera. 2017. „An evolutionary approach to low-level conversational cooperation”. Language Sciences 63, p. 91-104. PDF preprint DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2017.01.005

Wacewicz, S. 2016. „A contemporary look at language origins”. Avant 6 (2), 68-81.

Wacewicz, S., Przemysław Żywiczyński. 2016. „The multimodal origins of linguistic communication”. Language & Communication 54, 1–8. PDF preprint DOI:10.1016/j.langcom.2016.10.001

Żywiczyński, P., Sylwester Orzechowski and Sławomir Wacewicz. 2016 „Self-regulators – A hidden dimension of interaction: Movement similarity and temporal proximity increase the perception of interpersonal coordination in third party observers”. Language & Communication 54, 82–90. PDF preprint DOI:10.1016/j.langcom.2016.10.008

Wacewicz, S., Przemysław Żywiczyński and Sylwester Orzechowski 2016. “Visible movements of the orofacial area. Evidence for gestural or multimodal theories of language evolution?”. Gesture 15(2), 250–282. PDF preprint DOI: 10.1075/gest.15.2.05wac

Wacewicz, S. and Przemysław Żywiczyński 2015. “Language Evolution: Why Hockett’s Design Features are a Non-Starter”. Biosemiotics 8(1), 29-46. DOI: 10.1007/s12304-014-9203-2