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My research focuses on the acquisition and evolution of word meanings. On the acquisition level, I am interested in how differences in language input affect the acquisition of abstract word meanings, potentially leading to variation in the development of higher-order thinking skills. On an evolutionary level, I am interested in how cultural transmission amplifies individual-level learning and communicative pressures to result in structured word meanings that are shared within a speech community.

Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago, working with Susan Goldin-Meadow on the Language Development Project. I did my PhD in the Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit at the University of Edinburgh, supervised by Kenny Smith, Simon Kirby and Nik Gisborne.

My CV is available here.

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