The Expression, Communication, and the Origins of Meaning (ECOM) research group was established in 2010 by Dorit Bar-On at UNC-Chapel Hill, as part of a 4-year NSF grant for collaborative research received in 2009 [award #0925896].  In the summer of 2014 ECOM moved to the University of Connecticut, where it has received a start-up grant from the UConn Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ECOM is affiliated with the UConn Philosophy Department, the UConn Cognitive Science Program, the CT Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and the UConn Humanities Institute.

To date, ECOM has brought together hundreds of researchers, faculty, and students, from several disciplines (philosophy, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, biology, and more), through its regular meetings, speaker series, workshops, and conferences. Members of ECOM have worked on different aspects of the ECOM research areas, while collaborating and contributing to its central themes. To learn more, visit our members page, our research page, and our list of publications. Members also participate in various ECOM events, including reading groups, speaker series, workshops and seminars.

Please contact Dorit ( with questions or comments. To be added to the ECOM listserv, please contact Aliyar Ozercan (

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