Dr. Yasamin Motamedi
Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
- Joined UCL
- 1st Jun 2017
My research investigates the interaction between language learning, culture and modality. In my PhD I used a novel experimental paradigm, artificial sign language learning, to explore the effects of socio-cultural pressures on the evolution of systematic linguistic structure, drawing links between my own experimental work and research on natural sign language systems. I am further interested in understanding iconicity in evolving systems, how iconicity and systematicity are responses to different cultural pressures, and how these cultural pressures operate over the evolutionary trajectory of emerging languages. Finally, I am interested in the effect that different types of learning populations have on the emergence of linguistic structure, and how learning in the individual can have an impact at the population level.