Christine Cuskley

Evolutionary linguist, cognitive scientist, regular person


langauge and cognition | newcastle university



About Me


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

I am currently a lecturer in Language and Cognition at Newcastle University, working in the School of English Language, Literature and Linguistcs and the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution.

Prior to March 2019, I worked at the University of Edinburgh in the Centre for Language Evolution, where I still have a few friends and collaborators. I was formerly a postdoctoral researcher in the Social Dynamics Group based at the Institute for Scientific Interchange in Turin, Italy from 2014-2015, and the University of Rome La Sapienza from 2013-2014.

Research Interests:

  • The emergence and dynamics of shared conventions
  • The role of interaction in grounding and establishing shared communication systems
  • The relationship between population (social and demographic) structure and linguistic structure
  • The potential for shared sensory biases to underlie sound symbolism and contribute to lexical structure
  • The use of experimental games online and in public engagement

To learn more about my research, see my projects and publications. You can also view my full CV.

Projects


Cross-modality
Cross-modality
Rule Dynamics
Rule Dynamics
Experimental Games
Experimental Games

Publications


Articles

Other