Selected Products

Selected Recent Publications

Winter, B., Perlman, M., Perry, L., Lupyan, G. (in press). Which words are most iconic? Iconicity in English sensory words. Interaction Studies.

Edmiston, P., Perlman, M., Lupyan, G. (2017). The emergence of words from vocal imitations. BioRxiv Preprint. doi:

Lupyan, G., & Dale, R. (2016). Why are there different languages? The role of adaptation in linguistic diversity. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(9), 649-660.

Sindi, S. S., & Dale, R. (2016). Culturomics as a data playground for tests of selection: Mathematical approaches to detecting selection in word useJournal of Theoretical Biology405, 140-149.

Winter, B. and Ardell, D. H. (2016). Rethinking Zipf’s frequency-meaning relationship: Implications for the evolution of word meaning. In S.G. Roberts, C. Cuskley, L. McCrohon, L. Barceló-Coblijn, O. Fehér & T. Verhoef (Eds.), The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11).

Funded scientist M. Perlman discusses some of our human experimentation here: Recreating language’s Big Bang through a game of vocal charades (2015)

Resources Generated by the Project

Creating a Language: An online tool to demonstrate evolution of communication systems in the classroom (early alpha version, still under development)

cmscu: A memory-efficient tool to process n-grams for large-scale corpora (now used for some of our corpus-based INSPIRE projects; developed by students funded under the projects: Davis and Vinson).

ILMpy: iterated learning models in Python; developed by Co-PI Ardell’s lab to integrate computational biological models and evolutionary models of language based on iterated learning.