Gareth Roberts
Read about some recent research taking sociolinguistic fieldwork to the lab!

     Department of Linguistics 
     University of Pennsylvania
     3401-C Walnut Street
     Suite 300, C Wing
     Philadelphia
     PA 19104–6228

    gareth.roberts@ling.upenn.edu







Most of my research involves conducting experiments in which participants communicate using artificial languages, or have to construct new languages from scratch. These experiments help to shed light on the role of social and communicative pressures in shaping the emergence and evolution of language (and, indeed, other communication systems). 

Broadly speaking I'm interested in most issues related to language evolution and change, and cultural evolution in general. You can read more about my current research on my lab webpage. There is also a list of publications (mostly downloadable) here and a list of recent and upcoming presentations hereYou can take a look at my CV here.