New Scientists Presents: The Being Human Series – The Dawn of Language with Sverker Johansson

How did humans learn to talk? Sverker Johansson will reveal the first speakers, what they talked about and in what language.



New Scientist presents …

Online Event: The dawn of language

How and why did we evolve from languageless apes to languaging humans? How did our ancestors become language-ready, and what triggered the dawn of language? Join Sverker Johansson as he reveals the first speakers, what they talked about and in what language. He will explore how we went from the early communication to the full diversity of modern languages. Sverker will explain how we can find evidence to go beyond mere speculation about the dawn of language.

Sverker Johansson, senior advisor at Dalarna University

Sverker Johansson started his research career with a Ph.D. in particle physics, but soon changed tracks to work with teacher education, with regular hours, regular pay, and ‚Äď most importantly ‚Äď the joy of finding good explanations. Linguistics started as a hobby, but soon became his main research focus. For the past 20 years he has regularly published research on the origins of language and has built a solid reputation in the field.

Since 2014 he is based at Dalarna University in Sweden. Apart from writing books, his main hobby is developing AI software for creating Wikipedia articles. His software has written some 10 million articles, mainly in Cebuano and Swedish.

What’s included in your ticket:

Live lecture lasting 60 minutes including Q&A with Sverker Johansson

On-demand access to a recording of the lecture and Q&A for 12 months

Bonus content from New Scientist

Being Human (Series tickets available)

About the series:¬†What makes us human? What skills and concepts do humans have that separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom? And how did they emerge? The ‚ÄėBeing human‚Äô series from New Scientist will explore the beginnings of all the things that make us human, over the course of four virtual events. From Sverker Johansson‚Äôs work on the origin of language, to Anna Machin‚Äôs research into the origin of love, we‚Äôll take a deep dive into all the things that make us, us.

Save 25% off the standard ticket price by purchasing a subscription to all 4 live online “Being Human” lectures (also available on-demand) or purchase single tickets for just ¬£13 per lecture (early booking rate), to hear from the finest minds in science in 2022.

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Jun 09 2022


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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