My main areas of interest include:
Experimental models of language transmission (see papers in PNAS, Cognition, Phil Trans B)
Applying similar techniques to the evolution of other behaviours (see papers in Proc Roy Soc B and Psychological Science)
The effects of interaction on language structure (see papers in Cognition, JML, Cognition again)
Biological evolution of language learning biases/strategies (see papers in Phil Trans B and PNAS)
Plus more general questions related to language learning (see e.g. papers on cross-situational word learning in Cognitive Science, on the acquisition of noun class systems in JML, or socially-conditioned variation in Cognitive Psychology)
I am PI on the ERC-funded project The Evolution of Linguistic Complexity, which I work on with Dr Stella Frank, Dr Jia Loy, Dr Carmen Saldana and Amira Saouri. I am mentoring Dr Marieke Schouwstra on a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, and Dr Isabelle Dautriche on an ESRC Future Leaders award. Dr Olga Fehér worked with me as a postdoc.