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The CECD is an AHRC funded research group dedicated to examining the evolutionary underpinnings of human cultural behaviour, past and present. more>

   
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Principal Investigator Profile
Dr Simon Kirby
Reader in the Evolution of Language and Cognition, Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit, University of Edinburgh

40, George Square
Edinburgh
UK
EH8 9LL
Tel: 0131 650 3494
Fax: 0131 650 3962
Email: simon.kirby@ling.ed.ac.uk

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Funding
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Research and Teaching interests
Research:
Evolution of language and the language faculty
Language as a complex adaptive system
Iterated learning and evolutionary theory
Quantitative approaches to the lexicon
Computational techniques for reconstruction of linguistic phylogenies
Functionalism and formalism in linguistic theory
Explanations for language universals based on processing and acquisition
Computational models of biological, social and cultural systems (Alife)
Machine learning, multi-agent systems, and evolutionary computation
Models of the evolution of music

Teaching:
Programme Director: Masters in the Evolution of Language and Cognition
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Educational Background
1992: MA University of Edinburgh, Artificial Intelligence and Linguistics
1996: PhD University of Edinburgh, Linguistics
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Associated Links:
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~simon/

Associated AHRC CECD Projects (Phase 2):
Project B002
Different methods of measuring phonetic similarity