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My research interests concern the complex relationships between language(s) and genes covering several scales, from the individual, through the population and to the evolutionary.

I use a variety of methods, including computer simulations, phylogenetic approaches, statistical techniques and experiments to probe the genetic bases of language and speech, and their interaction with cultural processes.

I am working on understanding the roles played by inter-individual and inter-population variation in language evolution and change, particularly on explaining patterns of linguistic diversity. This is a continuation and extension of my previous NWO Vidi grant "The influence of genetic biases on the evolution, universal properties and diversity of speech and language" (01/10/2012 -- 30/09-2017).

Currently I am an EURIAS fellow with the Collegium de Lyon, France (01/10/2017 -- 31/07/2018).
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Collegium de Lyon, Institut d’Études Avancées
24 rue Baldassini, 69007 Lyon, France
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Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands
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