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.

Latest Journal Publication (more here)

2017 Little, Hannah, Kerem Eryilmaz and Bart de Boer. Signal dimensionality and the emergence of combinatorial structure. Cognition 168 1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2017.06.011

Scientific Illustration

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)

Cover Feature for Babel Magazine about my Experiments

Special Issue on the Emergence of Sound Systems I edited for the Journal of Language Evolution.

Proceedings for my satellite meeting at ICPhS 2015