The Origin of Man, Language and Languages (OMLL)

The EUROCORES Programme “On the Origin of Man, Language and Languages (OMLL)” addresses three main themes: 

  • the evolution of anatomically modern humans;
  • language development;
  • linguistic diversity.

One of the strengths of the programme is its multidisciplinary approach. In recent years, data collected in several disciplines has led to new insights. The OMLL programme brings these insights together and develops them by networking research teams from relevant disciplines, such as genetics, neurosciences, archaeology, paleo-anthropology, cognitive sciences, AI and linguistics


Engraved abstract pattern on a slab of ochre found in the Middle Stone Age levels of Blombos Cave, South Africa, dated at 75,000 years. Courtesy of F. d'Errico

EUROCORES (European Collaborative Research)


The aim of the European Collaborative Research (EUROCORES) Scheme is to enable researchers in different European countries to develop collaboration and scientific synergy in areas where European scale and scope are required to reach the critical mass necessary for top class science in a global context.  

The scheme provides a flexible framework which allows national basic research funding and performing organisations to join forces to support excellent European research in and across all scientific areas.

Until the end of 2008, scientific coordination and networking was funded through the EC FP6 Programme, under contract no. ERAS-CT-2003-980409. As of 2009, the National Funding Organisations provide the funding for the scientific coordination and networking in addition to the research funding.