Darwin Day 2016
In 2016, the Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE) organised the celebration of the Darwin Day in Poznań (February 12), Toruń (February 11 and 12) and Wrocław (February 18).
Organisers: Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies, Department of English (Nicolaus Copernicus University), Center for Language Evolution Studies (Nicolaus Copernicus University).
Date: 11-12 February 2016.
Place: Collegium Humanisticum Nicolaus Copernicus University, ul. Bojarskiego 1, the main campus Nicolaus Copernicus University.
The organizers conducted two 90-minute experiments illustrating the evolution of the language.
Participants of the experiments learned the names of fruits in a new, fictional language, and at the same time they noticed the rules of the language, for example the relationship between the colors and shapes of fruits and syllables in their names. The language mastered by one group of participants (along with errors) was passed on to the next group as a model for learning. As the learning process passed from group to group, the language was changing, or evolving.
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