Hi. I'm a Reader and Director of the Centre for Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh.

My research focuses on understanding how languages are shaped by learning and use. I am interested in how typological universals (differences in the frequency of linguistic patterns across the world's languages) arise from properties of our cognitive system. To get at this, I teach people (children and adults) miniature artificial languages, and create computational models of their behaviour.

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