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Dr Christine Cuskley

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Focus on empirical (experimental and corpus-based) evidence of common cross-modal associations supporting an iconic origin of protolanguage
, University of Edinburgh
Dissertation on cross-modality and language origins, including original research on sound/taste associations.
2002Bachelor of Arts, American University
thesis on Synaestesia

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the evolution of social systems and cognition, with a particular focus on language. I have collaborated with linguists, psychologists, complex systems scientists, and anthropologists to study issues surrounding the emergence, evolution, and dynamics of human language. 


I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where I am studying the emergence of language using an online experimental game, in addition to agent based models and corpus data. I was formerly a postdoctoral researcher at the Social Dynamics Lab based in Institute for Scientific Interchange in Turin, Italy from 2014-2015, and the University of Rome La Sapienza from 2013-2014.


Research outputs

  1. The field of linguistics

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

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Research activities & awards

  1. Frequency and stability in social, cultural, and linguistic systems

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Creating communication

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

  3. Learn Ferro

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

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