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Monica Tamariz


  • Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

I am interested in the cultural evolution of language, in particular, I investigate the contribution of social and cultural processes (transmission, communication) on the emergence of linguistic structure. I use transmission chain experiments and computer simulations.  I am also interested in cultural-evolutionary explanations of other human communication systems, for instance the system used by Argentine tango dancers, and of other cultural domains, such as technology or art.


  • BF Psychology
  • cultural evolution; language evolution; cultural transmission

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Research Output

CHIELD: the causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics database

Roberts, S. G., Killin, A., Deb, A., Sheard, C., Greenhill, S. J., Sinnemäki, K., Segovia-Martín, J., Nölle, J., Berdicevskis, A., Humphreys-Balkwill, A., Little, H., Opie, C., Jacques, G., Bromham, L., Tinits, P., Ross, R. M., Lee, S., Gasser, E., Calladine, J., Spike, M. & 12 others, Mann, S. F., Shcherbakova, O., Singer, R., Zhang, S., Benítez-Burraco, A., Kliesch, C., Thomas-Colquhoun, E., Skirgård, H., Tamariz, M., Passmore, S., Pellard, T. & Jordan, F., 16 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Language Evolution.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Network Connectivity Dynamics, Cognitive Biases, and the Evolution of Cultural Diversity in Round‐Robin Interactive Micro‐Societies

    Segovia-Martín, J., Walker, B., Fay, N. & Tamariz, M., Jul 2020, In : Cognitive Science. 44, 7, e12852.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    A Comparative Evolutionary Approach to the Origins and Evolution of Cognition and of Language

    Tamariz, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Handbook of Historical Linguistics. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, Vol. 2.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Replication and Emergence in Cultural Transmission

    Tamariz, M., Oct 2019, In : Physics of Life Reviews. 30, p. 47-71 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    Santa Fe Institute workshop on cumulative culture

    Monica Tamariz (Invited speaker)
    28 May 20181 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Cultural Evolutionary Dynamics in Language

    Monica Tamariz (Speaker)
    6 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    What can cultural evolutionary theory tell us about the mechanisms of language change?

    Monica Tamariz (Speaker)
    11 Oct 201713 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Replication and reconstruction in Cultural Transmission

    Monica Tamariz (Speaker)
    5 Apr 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Inaugural Conference of the Cultural Evolution Society in Jena, Germany,

    Monica Tamariz (Speaker)
    30 Sep 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference