Why are there so many different languages in the world? How did this astonishing linguistic diversity come about? And what are the social, environmental and cognitive pressures that shape the evolution of language in our species?
These are fascinating questions that represent the topics of my research so far. My work focuses on linking core aspects of language learning, cultural evolution, and language diversity using a range of novel behavioral paradigms and computational models.
My goal is to shed light on the communicative pressures and cognitive constraints that shape social interaction and language use in our species, and to identify the social, environmental, and cross-cultural factors that lead to language diversity and cross-linguistic variation. I am also interested in animal cognition and communication, child development, human history, space, and data analysis.