My research investigates how social interaction and learning biases contribute to language evolution, emergence and development. For example, I ask how individual learners manage different types of communicative input, how populations of learners generalise over that input, and how social interaction modulates the preferences of different learners. My interests concern both language development in naïve learners (i.e. children) as well as the population-level processes that drive language emergence and evolution.
Currently, I am working on a project that explores how multimodal iconic input from parents can facilitate word learning in children, posing questions about the learning preferences of young learners, and how those preferences might be exploited during child-caregiver interactions. For more detail about my past and current research, please see my personal website.