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Matthew Jones

This person is an alumnus of the department.
The information on this page was last updated on 19th October 2017.

I’m a doctoral candidate in University College London’s department of Experimental Psychology, and a member of Professor Gabriella Vigliocco’s Language and Cognition Lab. I use behavioural methods to study language and mind.

My research is currently concerned with iconicity in spoken language. In particular I’m interested in the so called ‘kiki-bouba’ effect, whereby certain word sounds are deemed to fit certain shapes across languages and cultures. I’m trying to shed light on why the effect exists in the first place, and on how cultural evolution (i.e. selection operating on tokens of language) might contribute to the expression of this kind of iconicity in the lexica of natural languages.

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Room 411
26 Bedford Way

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