Our member, Ben Winokur has successfully defended his dissertation titled “Knowing and Expressing Ourselves” at York University. Congratulations Ben!
Our member Susanna Melkonian-Altshuler gave a talk titled “Directionality for Minimalism: A Piecemeal Approach” at TRUTH20|20 conference on 27 July 2020.
Drew has recently had a paper accepted for publication at Episteme. The paper is titled “Deep Disagreement, Hinge Commitment, and Intellectual Humility”.
Drew’s paper has been accepted for presentation at the 2021 Easter APA. The title is “Proper Function and Ethical Judgment: Towards a Biosemantic Theory of Ethical Thought and Discourse”. Congratulations Drew!
Time: 16:15-18:00 Oslo time
Online meeting information (please do not post the meeting information on social media or other public forums):
Zoom Meeting ID: 641-6549-2283
Abstract: Do nonhuman animals have language? In humans, language is prominently manifested by vocal communication (i.e., speech). However, while vocal communication is ubiquitous across the animal kingdom, studies to date have found only elementary parallels to speech in nonhuman animals. These modest linguistic capacities of other species have fortified our belief that language is uniquely human. But have we really tested this uniqueness claim? By adopting methods that are commonly used in bioacoustics, I demonstrate that, surprisingly, a true impartial comparison between human speech and other animal vocalizations has not been conducted yet. Oddly, studying human speech using the same methods used to study other species vocalizations is actually expected to provide us with no evidence for human uniqueness.
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Dorit Bar-On and Drew Johnson have completed a full-length critical study of Alex Byrne’s Transparency and Self-Knowledge (Oxford UP, 2018). The study “’Transparent Rules and Basic Self-Knowledge” will appear in the journal Inquiry.
In recognition of the additional challenges presented by the COVID19 crisis, ECOM has set aside a portion of its budget to help provide some summer support for several graduate student members working on ECOM-related projects.
Kate Arnold and Dorit Bar-On’s paper, “Primate Pragmatics, Expressive Behavior, and The Evolution of Language” will appear in May 2020, in a special issue of Animal Behavior and Cognition.