Limor Raviv

Biography

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. 

A pair of participants interacting in the group communication experiment

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