My research focuses on the cultural evolution of languages in different social environments.
Specifically, I study how the social structure of the environment affects the grammatical structure of languages.
I use group-communication experiments to examine the live formation of new languages, which are created in the lab by different micro-societies of people.
These micro-societies differ in their size, network structure or learner identity.
This way, I test how the grammar of languages adapts to fit the social structure of the community in which they evolve.
I am also interested in animal cognition, animal communication, child development, language acquisition, human history, and computational modelling.