Dr. Michael Pleyer

I am an evolutionary and cognitive linguist.

I have two main research tracks: Language evolution and language acquisition. In the domain of language evolution, I am working on cognitive-linguistic, usage-based and constructionist approaches to the evolution of language. Specifically, I am looking at the the cognitive foundations and interactional mechanisms underlying the emergence of language. In the domain of language acquisition, I am interested in the role of perspectivation and pretend play in language acquisition.

I got my PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2019 with a thesis on "The Everyday Use of pretend in Child Language and Child-Directed Speech: A Corpus Study"

Currently I am a Postdoc at the Center for Language Evolution Studies & University Centre of Excellence IMSErt - Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland.

Updates


14/09/2021

I presented my work at the Protolang 7 - Ways to Protolanguage Conference.

You can watch my Presentation "Processes of Entrenchment and Conventionalisation in the Evolution of Language" here.

Another presentation on a project I am involved in can be found here:

Aleksandra Poniewierska, Aleksandra Szczepańska, Sławomir Wacewicz, Przemysław Żywiczyński and Michael Pleyer: "The Representation of Language Evolution Research in Introductory Linguistics Textbooks"

30/03/2021

New paper published!

Hartmann, Stefan, Michael Pleyer, Sławomir Wacewicz, Antonio Benítez-Burraco & Przemysław Żywiczyński. 2021. Hypotheses and Definitions in Language Evolution Research: Reply to Mendívil-Giró. Biolinguistics 15. 1-11.

The paper is open access.

23/03/2021

New paper published as part of a Special Issue "Biolinguistic Research in the 21st Century":

Wacewicz, Sławomir, Przemyslaw Zywiczynski, Stefan Hartmann, Michael Pleyer & Antonio Benítez-Burraco. 2020. Language in Language Evolution Research: Towards a Pluralistic View. Biolinguistics 14. 59-101.

The paper is open access.

22/03/2021

New paper published! Hartmann, Stefan & Michael Pleyer. 2021. Constructing a Protolanguage: Reconstructing Prehistoric Languages in a Usage-Based Construction Grammar Framework. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 376. The preprint can be found here.

06/03/2021

My talk in the UMK #InventingKnowledge lecture series, “The Evolution and Foundations of the Interaction-, Language-, and Construction-Ready Brain” is now available online. Watch it here.

15/01/2021

New paper published! Pleyer, Michael & Stefan Hartmann. 2020. Construction Grammar for Monkeys? Animal Communication in the Light of Usage-Based Linguistic Theory. Evolutionary Linguistic Theory 2(2). The preprint can be found here

12/01/2021

My talk "A cognitive perspective on pretend play and language in evolution and development" from the 2019 Protolang 6 - Ways To Protolanguage Conference in Lisbon is now available online! Watch it here.

18/11/2020

New paper accepted! Hartmann, Stefan & Michael Pleyer. accepted. Constructing a Protolanguage: Reconstructing Prehistoric Languages in a Usage-Based Construction Grammar Framework. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2020.0200 The author accepted manuscript can be found here

9/11/2020

New paper in press! Pleyer, Michael & Stefan Hartmann. 2020. Construction Grammar for Monkeys? Animal Communication in the Light of Usage-Based Linguistic Theory. Evolutionary Linguistic Theory 2(2). The preprint can be found here

1/10/2020

New paper in press! Wacewicz, Sławomir, Przemyslaw Zywiczynski, Stefan Hartmann, Michael Pleyer & Antonio Benítez-Burraco. 2020. Language in Language Evolution Research: Towards a Pluralistic View. Biolinguistics 14

1/10/2020

Today is my first day as a postdoc at the Center for Language Evolution Studies & University Centre of Excellence IMSErt - Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland.

I'll be working with Prof. Slawomir Wacewicz on a project on "Determining the Impact of Language Evolution Research on Language Sciences: Methods, Terminology, Mindsets"

23/09/2020

My PhD thesis "The Everyday Use of pretend in Child Language and Child-Directed Speech: A Corpus Study" has now been published as an open-access publication!