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Hannah Little

I am interested in how signal spaces (or linguistic modalities) affect the dynamics of the emergence of structure in linguistic signals as a result of differences in dimensionality, size, transparency and mappability. How these differences interface with linguistic development and evolution is important, not only in the context of researching real-world language evolution, but also in understanding the consequences of using signal space proxies in artificial language learning experiments.

I am also interested in how social factors play a role in language evolution, including second language learning and foreigner directed speech.

I have an interest in semiotics and bridging the gap between the experimental semiotics community and more theoretical semioticians. I am currently on the board of the International Association of Cognitive Semiotics (IACS).

During my PhD I worked with Bart de Boer looking at the emergence of combinatorial structure in speech. I ran a workshop on the evolution of speech at ICPhS in 2015, and I am currently editing a special issue on the evolution of phonetics and phonology for the Journal of Language Evolution.

More information about my work, public engagement activities and other things can be found on my external website here:

Function: Affiliated Researcher
Member of: Language and Cognition Department
Other Affiliations: Artificial Intelligence Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Last checked 2016-10-04

Hannah Little

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands