Edinburgh Research Explorer

Kenny Smith

Personal Chair of Evolutionary Linguistics

  1. 2021
  2. Knowing how you know: Toddlers reevaluate words learned from an unreliable speaker

    Dautriche, I., Goupil, L., Smith, K. & Rabagliati, H., 5 Feb 2021, In: Open Mind: Discoveries in Cognitive Science (Open Mind). 5, p. 1-19 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. The emergence of word-internal repetition through iterated learning: Explaining the mismatch between learning biases and language design

    Ota, M., San José, A. & Smith, K., 16 Jan 2021, In: Cognition. 210, 104585.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. 2020
  5. 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

  6. Simplicity and informativeness in semantic category systems

    Carr, J., Smith, K., Culbertson, J. & Kirby, S., 30 Sep 2020, In: Cognition. 202, 104289.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  7. 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

  8. Perspective-taking is spontaneous but not automatic

    O'grady, C., Scott-Phillips, T., Lavelle, S. & Smith, K., 28 Jul 2020, In: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  10. Quantifying the dynamics of topical fluctuations in language

    Karjus, A., Blythe, R., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., 10 Feb 2020, In: Language Dynamics and Change. 10, 1, p. 86-125

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  11. 2019
  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. The cognitive roots of regularization in language

    Ferdinand, V., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., Mar 2019, In: Cognition. 184, p. 53-68

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  22. 2018
  23. 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

  24. Social group effects on the emergence of communicative conventions and language complexity

    Atkinson, M., Mills, G. & Smith, K., 30 Oct 2018, In: Journal of Language Evolution.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  25. Non-adjacent dependency learning in humans and other animals

    Wilson, B., Spierings, M., Ravignani, A., Mueller, J., Mintz, T., Wijnen, F., van der Kant, A., Smith, K. & Rey, A., 8 Sep 2018, In: Topics in Cognitive Science. p. 1-16

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. The cognitive prerequisites for language: Insights from iterated learning

    Smith, K., Jun 2018, In: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 21, p. 154-160

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  29. 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

  30. Is regularisation uniform across linguistic levels? Comparing learning and production of unconditioned probabilistic variation in morphology and word order

    Saldana, C., Smith, K., Kirby, S. & Culbertson, J., 2018, (Submitted) In: Language Learning and Development.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  31. Sticky Labels: Formulation vs Reconceptualisation Effort in the Use of Referential Precedents

    Castillo, L., Smith, K. & Branigan, H., 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review

  32. Toddlers’ eye-movements reflect (un)certainty about their knowledge of a word’s meaning

    Dautriche, I., Goupil, L., Smith, K. & Rabagliati, H., 2018, p. 1.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review

  33. 2017
  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. Zipf's Law of Abbreviation and the Principle of Least Effort: Language users optimise a miniature lexicon for efficient communication

    Kanwal, J., Smith, K., Culbertson, J. & Kirby, S., Aug 2017, In: Cognition. 165, p. 45-52 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  37. Is the strength of regularisation behaviour uniform across linguistic levels?

    Saldana, C., Smith, K., Kirby, S. & Culbertson, J., 29 Jul 2017, Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Gunzelmann, G., Howes, A., Tenbrink, T. & Davelaar, E. J. (eds.). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, p. 1023-1028

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

  38. The cultural evolution of complex linguistic constructions in artificial sign languages

    Motamedi-Mousavi, Y., Schouwstra, M., Culbertson, J., Smith, K. & Kirby, S., Jul 2017, Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society

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

  39. Psychobiological responses to critically evaluated multitasking

    Wetherell, M., Craw, O., Smith, K. & Smith, M. A., 10 May 2017, In: Neurobiology of Stress. 7, p. 68-73 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. Language learning, language use, and the evolution of linguistic variation

    Smith, K., Perfors, A., Feher, O., Samara, A., Swoboda, K. & Wonnacott, E., 5 Jan 2017, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 372, 1711

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  43. Adaptation and coordination in dialogue

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

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review

  44. Language moves towards abstraction in interaction

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

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review

  45. 2016
  46. Structural priming in artificial languages and the regularisation of unpredictable variation

    Feher, O., Wonnacott, E. & Smith, K., Dec 2016, In: Journal of Memory and Language. 91, p. 158-180

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  47. Momentum in language change: A model of self-actuating s-shaped curves

    Stadler, K., Blythe, R., Smith, K. & Kirby, S., 28 Nov 2016, In: Language Dynamics and Change. 6, 2, p. 171-198

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  48. The cultural evolution of complexity in linguistic structure

    Saldana, C., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., Jun 2016, The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11). Roberts, S. (ed.).

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

  49. Word learning under infinite uncertainty

    Blythe, R. A., Smith, A. D. M. & Smith, K., Jun 2016, In: Cognition. 151, 6, p. 18-27

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  50. 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

  51. The cultural evolution of structured languages in an open-ended, continuous world

    Carr, J., Smith, K., Cornish, H. & Kirby, S., 7 Apr 2016, In: Cognitive Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  52. 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

  53. Minimal Requirements for the Emergence of Learned Signaling

    Spike, M., Stadler, K., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., 14 Mar 2016, In: Cognitive Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  54. Minimal requirements for the emergence of learned signalling

    Spike, M., Stadler, K., Kirby, S. & Smith, K., 14 Mar 2016, In: Cognitive Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  55. 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

  56. 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

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