My main topic of interest is language evolution. How did human language get to be how it is? I am particularly interested in the emergence of linguistic structure (phonology, morphology and syntax) in both humans and non-human animals, and how modality (speech or sign), iconicity and social factors influence linguistic structure.
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Left is an illustration by me of a silverback gorilla with the laryngeal air sacs superimposed in white from Perlman and Salmi (2017) (doi: 10.1093/jole/lzx012)