Current Issues in Biolinguistics and Evolutionary Linguistics
Date: August 17 – 21, 2022                     ;       Mode: All lectures and tutorials will be held online.                                 
Course Brochure

Faculty Member


Prof. Koji Fujita

Faculty of Integrated Human Studies
Kyoto University

Prof. Koji Fujita is a Professor at the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies (Faculty of Integrated Human Studies), at Kyoto University, Japan. His research interests lie in Evolutionary Linguistics, Origin and Evolution of Language, Motor Control Origin of Syntax, and Recursive Syntactic Computation and Merge. Professor Fujita is a world-renowned leading expert in the Biolinguistic and Evolutionary Linguistic research. He has more than 60 papers in refereed international journals, 27 book chapters, and 7 books in his credit.

Faculty Member


Dr. Somdev Kar

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Indian Institute of Technology Ropar
Rupnagar, Punjab, INDIA

Dr. Somdev Kar is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India. His research interests lie in the fields of Phonetics, Phonology (Optimality Theory), Distributed Morphology, NLP, and Evolutionary Linguistics. He earned his PhD degree from Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany). He is currently engaged in research activities concerning the phonological analysis of a group of Indian languages, using the Optimality Theory framework.


Language is a uniquely human biological trait. Other species also have complex communication systems but they are qualitatively different from human language. Biolinguistics, or studies of the design, development, and evolution of this human capacity from a biological perspective, has attracted much attention from many corners of modern cognitive sciences, including linguistics, biology, neuroscience, genetics, ethology, anthropology, archaeology, primatology and psychology, to name only a few. In particular, studies of language origins and evolution (evolutionary linguistics, or evolinguistics for short) interface with biolinguistics in an interesting way. The aim of this course is to provide a concise overview of today’s biolinguistics and evolinguistics, to discuss some major topics in these fields, and to make suggestions for their further developments. Participants will learn the theories concerning Biolinguistics, with a specific focus on the evolutionary aspects of syntax, morphology and phonology. The course deals with both conceptual and methodological issues.


(i)To explore the mutual connections between Linguistics and Biology
(ii)To expose the participants to the fundamentals of Biolinguistics and Evolutionary Linguistics
(iii)To enhance the capacity of the participants to approach linguistic issues in the light of biology and possibly also the other way round
(iv)To provide exposure to practical problems involving Evolutionary Linguistics
(v)To bridge the gaps between Biolinguistics and branches of theoretical/descriptive linguistics, such as syntax, morphology, semantics and phonology

Who can attend?

  • MA/MSc and PhD students of Linguistics and allied disciplines.
  • B.Tech/M.Tech and PhD students in any discipline, with or without basic knowledge of Linguistics.
  • Teachers of Linguistics, Languages, and Literature.
  • Corporate Professional working at any Private or Public Organization.
  • Post-doc Candidate/ Research Associate working at any University/ College/Institution of India or Abroad in the area of Linguistics or allied
             disciplines .

Mode of Registration

  • STEP – 1: One-time web-registration at GIAN portal Payment link through a non-refundable payment of Rs. 500/-(one-time). [A copy of enrolment form to be sent to course coordinator].The last date of enrolment is August 14, 2022.
  • STEP – 2: Course Registration The shortlisted candidates will be informed by email. They need to make full payment of the course registration fee.
    • either by NEFT (Account holder name: The Registrar, IIT Ropar; Account no: 30836125653; IFSC Code: SBIN0013181; Bank: SBI; Branch Name: IIT Ropar).
    • or by sending a demand draft in favour of “Registrar, IIT Ropar” payable at Rupnagar-140001, Punjab before the last date of registration. Email the copy of demand draft and registration form to the course coordinator.

Registration fees

Academic Institutions Industry/ Research Organizations Participants from abroad
Faculty Student
Rs. 1000 Rs. 500 Rs. 5000 US $200

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Program schedule

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