The aim of the centre's research is to understand the origins and evolution of language using a combination of laboratory techniques, computational simulation, and mathematical modelling, drawing on data from language development, change, variation and emergence.

Centre for Language Evolution

Image: Detail from "EX03_sewingmachine_typical_212A.mov" CC-BY Motamedi, Yasamin. (2017). Example videos from Motamedi-Mousavi (2017). Artificial sign language learning: a method for evolutionary linguistics., [dataset]. University of Edinburgh. https://doi.org/10.7488/ds/1693.

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