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We grow languages: introduction video By Marieke Schouwstra and Simon Kirby. In this video, I explain what it means to study the emergence of language in the lab:…

Why is our project called We Grow Languages?

In this new video as part of our We Grow Languages series, we explain why the project is called We Grow Languages and why we are so interested…

What is word order?

  We have a new video, explaining one of the key ideas about our project. We are studying different preferences we have for ordering the main parts of…

Online talk of our work with Jennifer Culbertson on Noun Phrase structure

What can a spotty toothbrush tell us about language biases? To showcase our  paper From the world to word order: deriving biases in noun phrase order from statistical…

True conversations

This blog post was featured on A Year of Conversation, and linked to an event organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. By Marieke Schouwstra.  I am an evolutionary…


Overview of publications Here we will keep a list of the scientific publications of our project. In this paper, we investigate what happens when people use gesture and…


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