Would extraterrestrial intelligence have language? If so, what can we say about the nature of such language prior to making contact, or before even knowing whether extraterrestrial intelligence exists? To explore these questions, chapter proposals are invited for an edited book titled Xenolinguistics: Toward a Science of Extraterrestrial Language. This book builds upon the forthcoming Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Cognition and Communication in the Universe (Oxford University Press, 2018), which is also edited by Douglas Vakoch. Proposals informed by the evolution of language are encouraged, as are proposals exploring the distinctive nature of language when compared with nonhuman communication systems.
Research in cultural and linguistic evolution is growing rapidly. New scholars need to quickly grasp a range of computational and quantitative methods from across different disciplines, to learn to organise and present data, and to critically evaluate the right approaches for their research. Recognising a need for interdisciplinary training from within the field, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History will be holding its first Spring School on Quantitative Methods from May 13th-18th 2016. Applications are due March 1st.