Christine Cuskley

Evolutionary linguist, cognitive scientist, regular person

centre for language evolution | university of edinburgh

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, complex systems scientists, and anthropologists to study issues surrounding the emergence, evolution, and dynamics of human language.

From March 2019, I will take up a permanent position at Newcastle University as a lecturer in Language and Cognition, working in the School of English Language, Literature and Linguistcs and the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution.

Currently, 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 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

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


Rule Dynamics
Rule Dynamics
Experimental Games
Experimental Games