About

This blog, BITsaying, is about Language (especially language origins, evolution and diversity), Genetics (relevant to language and language history), Computers (as tools to explore the above) and Statistics (needed to even ask the questions).

And, of course, the “answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything” is bound to be somewhere here too…

 

On a more serious note, currently I am senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in the Language and Genetics Department. I work mostly on questions pertaining to linguistic diversity, language origins and evolution (I am the co-executive editor with Bart de Boer of the Journal of Language Evolution soon to be launched by Oxford University press), human evolution and genetics, focusing on the influence of the anatomy of the vocal tract on speech production. My approach is mostly quantitative, using computers and statistics to analyze relatively large databases such as WALS and PHOIBLE (my academic publications are here and here).

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