Edinburgh Research Explorer

Kenny Smith

Personal Chair of Evolutionary Linguistics

  1. A computational model of the cultural co-evolution of language and mindreading

    Woensdregt, M., Cummins, C. & Smith, K., 2 Oct 2020, In: Synthese.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Acquiring variation in an artificial language: Children and adults are sensitive to socially conditioned linguistic variation

    Samara, A., Smith, K., Brown, H. & Wonnacott, E., May 2017, In: Cognitive Psychology. 94, p. 85-114

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Adaptation and coordination in dialogue

    Castillo, L., Smith, K. & Branigan, H., 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review

  4. Adult learning and language simplification

    Atkinson, M., Smith, K. & Kirby, S., Nov 2018, In: Cognitive Science. 42, 8, p. 2818-2854

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. Asymmetric accommodation during interaction leads to the regularisation of linguistic variants

    Fehér, O., Ritt, N. & Smith, K., Dec 2019, In: Journal of Memory and Language. 109, p. 1-20 104036.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  6. Auditory artificial grammar learning in macaque and marmoset monkeys

    Wilson, B., Slater, H., Kikuchi, Y., Milne, A., Marslen-Wilson, W., Smith, K. & Petkov, C., 27 Nov 2013, In: Journal of Neuroscience. 33, 48, p. 18825-18835

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  7. Auditory sequence processing reveals evolutionarily conserved regions of frontal cortex in macaques and humans

    Smith, K., 30 Nov 2015, In: Nature Communications. 6, 8901.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  8. Challenges in detecting evolutionary forces in language change using diachronic corpora

    Karjus, A., Blythe, R., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., 7 May 2020, In: Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics. 5, 1, 25 p., 45.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  9. Children's sensitivity to phonological and semantic cues during noun class learning: Evidence for a phonological bias

    Culbertson, J., Jarvinen, H., Haggarty, F. & Smith, K., Jun 2019, In: Language. 95, 2, p. 268-293

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  10. Communication Leads to the Emergence of Sub-optimal Category Structures

    Silvey, C., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., 2013, Proceedings of Cogsci 2013. p. 1312-1317

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  11. Communication increases category structure and alignment only when combined with cultural transmission

    Silvey, C., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., Dec 2019, In: Journal of Memory and Language. 109, 104051.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  12. Communication without prior learning inhibits the emergence of systematic structure

    Silvey, C., Flaherty, M., Goldin-Meadow, S., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., Mar 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  13. Communicative interaction leads to the elimination of unpredictable variation

    Feher, O., Ritt, N., Wonnacott, E. & Smith, K., 26 Jan 2016, The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference.. Roberts, S., Cuskley, C., McCrohon, L., Barcelo-Coblijn, L., Feher, O. & Verhoef, T. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  14. Competition between phonology and semantics in noun class learning

    Culbertson, J., Gagliardi, A. & Smith, K., Feb 2017, In: Journal of Memory and Language. 92, p. 343-358

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  15. Complex systems in language evolution: the cultural emergence of compositional structure

    Smith, K., Brighton, H. & Kirby, S., 1 Dec 2003, In: Advances in complex systems. 06, 04, p. 537-558 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  16. Compositional hierarchical structure evolves through cultural transmission: An experimental study

    Saldana, C., Kirby, S., Truswell, R. & Smith, K., 28 May 2019, In: Journal of Language Evolution. lzz002.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  17. Compositionality and linguistic evolution

    Smith, K. & Kirby, S., Feb 2012, Oxford Handbook of Compositionality. Werning, M., Hinzen, W. & Machery, E. (eds.). Oxford University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  18. Compression and communication in the cultural evolution of linguistic structure

    Kirby, S., Tamariz, M., Cornish, H. & Smith, K., 2015, In: Cognition. 141, p. 87-102

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  19. Compression and communication in the cultural evolution of linguistic structure

    Smith, K., Feher, O. & Kirby, S., 2016, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Papafragou, A., Grodner, D., Mirman, D. & Truswell, J. C. (eds.). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, p. 41-43 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  20. Context and perceptual salience influence the formation of novel stereotypes via cumulative cultural evolution

    Hutchison, J., Cunningham, S. J., Slessor, G., Urquhart, J., Smith, K. & Martin, D., 2 Nov 2017, In: Cognitive Science. 42, p. 186-212

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  21. Context influence vs. efficiency in establishing conventions: Communities do it better.

    Castillo, L., Branigan, H. & Smith, K., Aug 2015.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review

  22. Contextual predictability shapes signal autonomy

    Winters, J., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., Jul 2018, In: Cognition. 176, p. 15-30 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  23. Convergent transformation and selection in cultural evolution

    Claidière, N., Amedon, G. K. K., André, J-B., Kirby, S., Smith, K., Sperber, D. & Fagot, J., 3 Jan 2018, In: Evolution and Human Behavior. p. 1-12

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  24. Cross-Situational Learning: An Experimental Study of Word-Learning Mechanisms

    Smith, K., Smith, A. D. M. & Blythe, R. A., Apr 2011, In: Cognitive Science. 35, 3, p. 480-498 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  25. Cross-situational learning: A mathematical approach

    Smith, K., Smith, A. D. M., Blythe, R. A. & Vogt, P., 2006, SYMBOL GROUNDING AND BEYOND, PROCEEDINGS. Vogt, P., Sugita, Y., Tuci, E. & Nehaniv, C. (eds.). BERLIN: Springer-Verlag GmbH, p. 31-44 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  26. Cultural Evolution of Language

    Smith, K., 2006, Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics (Second Edition). Brown, E-CÂÂ. K. (ed.). Oxford: Elsevier, p. 315-322 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  27. Cultural Selection for Learnability: Three hypotheses underlying the view that language adapts to be learnable.

    Brighton, H., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., 26 May 2005, Language origins: : Perspectives on evolution . Tallerman, M. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 291-309 18 p. (Studies in the Evolution of Language).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  28. Cultural evolution and the perpetuation of arbitrary communicative conventions in experimental microsocieties.

    Caldwell, C. & Smith, K., 23 Aug 2012, In: PLoS ONE. 7, 8, p. e43807

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  29. Cultural evolution of a systematically structured behaviour in a non-human primate

    Claidiere, N., Smith, K., Kirby, S. & Fagot, J., 22 Dec 2014, In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 281, 1797, p. 1-9 20141541.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  30. Cultural evolution: implications for understanding the human language faculty and its evolution

    Smith, K. & Kirby, S., 12 Nov 2008, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 363, 1509, p. 3591-3603 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  31. Culture shapes the evolution of cognition

    Thompson, B., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., 19 Apr 2016, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113, 16, p. 4530-4535

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  32. Cumulative cultural evolution in a non-copying task in children and Guinea baboons

    Saldana, C., Fagot, J., Kirby, S., Smith, K. & Claidière, N., 27 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Montreal: Cognitive Science Society, p. 1001-1007

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  33. Cumulative cultural evolution in the laboratory: An experimental approach to the origins of structure in human language

    Kirby, S., Cornish, H. & Smith, K., Aug 2008, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 105, 31, p. 10681-10686 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  34. Do our modern skulls house stone-age minds?

    Lavelle, J. & Smith, K., 2014, Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone. Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  35. Effects of priming and audience design on the explicitness of referring expressions: Evidence from a confederate priming paradigm

    Loy, J., Bloomfield, S. & Smith, K., 28 Aug 2020, In: Discourse Processes. 57, 9, p. 808-821 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  36. Eliminating Unpredictable Linguistic Variation through Interaction

    Smith, K., Feher, O. & Ritt, N., 2014, Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, p. 1461-1466

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  37. Eliminating unpredictable variation through iterated learning

    Smith, K. & Wonnacott, E., Sep 2010, In: Cognition. 116, 3, p. 444-449 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  38. Establishing conventions in a cooperative game: Context matters.

    Castillo, L., Branigan, H. & Smith, K., Sep 2015.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review

  39. Evolving artificial sign languages in the lab: From improvised gesture to systematic sign

    Motamedi, Y., Schouwstra, M., Smith, K., Culbertson, J. & Kirby, S., Nov 2019, In: Cognition. 192, p. 103964

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  40. Experimentally investigating the role of context in the structuring of the linguistic system over cultural evolution

    Winters, J., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., May 2014, The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference. Cartmill, E., Roberts, S., Lyn, H. & Cornish, H. (eds.). World Scientific Press, p. 559-560

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  41. From UG to Universals: Linguistic adaptation through iterated learning

    Kirby, S., Smith, K. & Brighton, H., 1 Jan 2004, In: Studies in Language. 28, 3, p. 587-607 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  42. From natural order to convention in silent gesture

    Schouwstra, M., Smith, K. & Kirby, S., 21 Mar 2016, The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11). Roberts, S. G., Cuskley, C., McCrohon, L., Barceló-Coblijn, L., Feher, O. & Verhoef, T. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  43. From silent gesture to artificial sign languages

    Schouwstra, M., Abramova, K., Motamedi-Mousavi, Y., Smith, K. & Kirby, S., Apr 2014, p. 35-40.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

  44. High-fidelity copying is not necessarily the key to cumulative cultural evolution: A study in monkeys and children

    Saldana, C., Fagot, J., Kirby, S., Smith, K. & Claidiere, N., 12 Jun 2019, In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B.. 286, 1904, 20190729.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  45. How culture and biology interact to shape language and the language faculty

    Smith, K., 4 Sep 2018, In: Topics in Cognitive Science. p. 1-23

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  46. How societal stereotypes might form and evolve via cumulative cultural evolution

    Martin, D., Cunningham, S. J., Hutchison, J., Slessor, G. & Smith, K., 11 Sep 2017, In: Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 11, 9, p. 1-13

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  47. Illusory correlations and the acquisition of probabilistic linguistic variation

    Saldana, C., Loy, J. & Smith, K., 3 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractpeer-review

  48. Interaction promotes the adaptation of referential conventions to the communicative context

    Castillo, L., Smith, K. & Branigan, H., Aug 2019, In: Cognitive Science. 43, 8, e12780.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  49. Introduction. Cultural transmission and the evolution of human behaviour

    Smith, K., Kalish, M. L., Griffiths, T. L. & Lewandowsky, S., 12 Nov 2008, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 363, 1509, p. 3469-3476 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  50. Investigating the mechanisms of cultural acquisition: How pervasive is overimitation in adults?

    Flynn, E. & Smith, K., 2012, In: Social Psychology. 43, 4, p. 185-195 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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