Marieke Woensdregt

PhD Linguistics & English Language

  • Centre for Language Evolution
  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Room 1.15, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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I'm a 3rd year PhD student in the Centre for Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh, supervised by Simon KirbyKenny Smith, and Chris Cummins.  In my PhD I use agent-based models to formalise and explore the hypothesis that language and mindreading (a.k.a. theory of mind) have co-evolved. More specifically, I explore under what circumstances such a co-evolution could have come off the ground, given certain sets of assumptions about how agents communicate and learn, and what cognitive biases and external pressures play a role.


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Research summary

Origins of Language; Evolution of Language; Cultural Evolution; Co-evolution; Theory of Mind; Agent-based Modelling; Bayesian Models