Cognitive Semiotics Seminar: Protostories: features of stories “told” before the emergence of fully-fledged language from the perspective of pantomimic scenarios of language origin (Marta Sibierska, NCU Torun)

25 November 2021 15:00 to 17:00 Seminar

Welcome to this interesting seminar - as much as possible to room H428b, if you are in the area. For zoom participation, the rules are: entering before the talk that will start at 15:15 with your camera on + introducing you to everyone, if you are not on the mailing list for the seminar. Our guest from Torun Marta will be grateful for your feedback to her new project proposal!

This talk is an overview of a research proposal whose main objective is to describe hypothetical “protostories”, i.e. stories transferred before the emergence of fully-fledged language, in terms of absences and presences of some of the crucial components of stories and narratives: the so-called spatial, temporal, mental, and formal constituents. The proposal thus brings together two fields: language evolution (with its interest in the pre-linguistic stages of human communication, focusing on pantomime as the probable original human-specific communicative system, see Zlatev et al. 2020) and narratology (with its well-established tools for analysing stories and the ways in which they are represented in various media and modalities, see e.g. Ryan 2012). In this talk, I will motivate why it is essential to separate modern-day stories from their potential predecessors in the context of language evolution; how narratology can be helpful in this respect; what gaps are still left to be filled in the research on storytelling from an evolutionary perspective; what evidence can serve as the basis for making predictions about the content and the form of stories “told” by our ancestors; and how these predictions can be tested experimentally.

About the event:

25 November 2021 15:00 to 17:00

H428b + https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/61502831303


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