Simon M. Kirby, Ph.D. - Publications

2000- School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom 
Origins and evolution of language; cultural evolution; bridging scientific and artistic practice

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2024 Keogh A, Kirby S, Culbertson J. Predictability and Variation in Language Are Differentially Affected by Learning and Production. Cognitive Science. 48: e13435. PMID 38564253 DOI: 10.1111/cogs.13435  0.66
2024 Pankratz E, Kirby S, Culbertson J. Evaluating the Relative Importance of Wordhood Cues Using Statistical Learning. Cognitive Science. 48: e13429. PMID 38497523 DOI: 10.1111/cogs.13429  0.611
2024 Arnon I, Kirby S. Cultural evolution creates the statistical structure of language. Scientific Reports. 14: 5255. PMID 38438558 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-024-56152-9  0.465
2023 Flaherty M, Sato A, Kirby S. Documenting a Reduction in Signing Space in Nicaraguan Sign Language Using Depth and Motion Capture. Cognitive Science. 47: e13277. PMID 37096342 DOI: 10.1111/cogs.13277  0.418
2022 Rubio-Fernandez P, Wienholz A, Ballard CM, Kirby S, Lieberman AM. Adjective position and referential efficiency in American Sign Language: Effects of adjective semantics, sign type and age of sign exposure. Journal of Memory and Language. 126. PMID 38665819 DOI: 10.1016/j.jml.2022.104348  0.412
2022 Motamedi Y, Wolters L, Schouwstra M, Kirby S. The Effects of Iconicity and Conventionalization on Word Order Preferences. Cognitive Science. 46: e13203. PMID 36251421 DOI: 10.1111/cogs.13203  0.408
2022 Motamedi Y, Wolters L, Naegeli D, Kirby S, Schouwstra M. From improvisation to learning: How naturalness and systematicity shape language evolution. Cognition. 228: 105206. PMID 35810511 DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2022.105206  0.414
2022 Schouwstra M, Naegeli D, Kirby S. Investigating Word Order Emergence: Constraints From Cognition and Communication. Frontiers in Psychology. 13: 805144. PMID 35529568 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.805144  0.391
2021 Kirby S, Tamariz M. Cumulative cultural evolution, population structure and the origin of combinatoriality in human language. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences. 377: 20200319. PMID 34894728 DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2020.0319  0.512
2021 Karjus A, Blythe RA, Kirby S, Wang T, Smith K. Conceptual Similarity and Communicative Need Shape Colexification: An Experimental Study. Cognitive Science. 45: e13035. PMID 34491584 DOI: 10.1111/cogs.13035  0.784
2020 Carr JW, Smith K, Culbertson J, Kirby S. Simplicity and informativeness in semantic category systems. Cognition. 202: 104289. PMID 32502868 DOI: 10.1016/J.Cognition.2020.104289  0.813
2020 Karjus A, Blythe RA, Kirby S, Smith K. Challenges in detecting evolutionary forces in language change using diachronic corpora Glossa: a Journal of General Linguistics. 5: 45. DOI: 10.5334/Gjgl.909  0.77
2020 Culbertson J, Schouwstra M, Kirby S. From the world to word order: deriving biases in noun phrase order from statistical properties of the world Language. DOI: 10.1353/Lan.0.0245  0.598
2020 Karjus A, Blythe R, Kirby S, Smith K. Quantifying the dynamics of topical fluctuations in language Language Dynamics and Change. 10: 86-125. DOI: 10.1163/22105832-01001200  0.785
2020 Sato A, Schouwstra M, Flaherty M, Kirby S. Do all aspects of learning benefit from iconicity? Evidence from motion capture Language and Cognition. 12: 36-55. DOI: 10.1017/Langcog.2019.37  0.467
2019 Motamedi Y, Schouwstra M, Smith K, Culbertson J, Kirby S. Evolving artificial sign languages in the lab: From improvised gesture to systematic sign. Cognition. 192: 103964. PMID 31302362 DOI: 10.1016/J.Cognition.2019.05.001  0.844
2019 Saldana C, Fagot J, Kirby S, Smith K, Claidière N. High-fidelity copying is not necessarily the key to cumulative cultural evolution: a study in monkeys and children. Proceedings. Biological Sciences. 286: 20190729. PMID 31161908 DOI: 10.1098/Rspb.2019.0729  0.778
2019 Cuskley C, Dingemanse M, Kirby S, van Leeuwen TM. Cross-modal associations and synesthesia: Categorical perception and structure in vowel-color mappings in a large online sample. Behavior Research Methods. PMID 30945162 DOI: 10.3758/S13428-019-01203-7  0.775
2019 Saldana C, Kirby S, Truswell R, Smith K. Compositional Hierarchical Structure Evolves through Cultural Transmission: An Experimental Study Journal of Language Evolution. 4: 83-107. DOI: 10.1093/Jole/Lzz002  0.778
2019 deCastro-Arrazola V, Kirby S. The emergence of verse templates through iterated learning Journal of Language Evolution. 4: 28-43. DOI: 10.1093/Jole/Lzy013  0.331
2019 Silvey C, Kirby S, Smith K. Communication increases category structure and alignment only when combined with cultural transmission Journal of Memory and Language. 109: 104051. DOI: 10.1016/J.Jml.2019.104051  0.465
2018 Ferdinand V, Kirby S, Smith K. The cognitive roots of regularization in language. Cognition. 184: 53-68. PMID 30572180 DOI: 10.1016/J.Cognition.2018.12.002  0.822
2018 Atkinson M, Smith K, Kirby S. Adult Learning and Language Simplification. Cognitive Science. PMID 30320460 DOI: 10.1111/Cogs.12686  0.833
2018 Thomas J, Kirby S. Self domestication and the evolution of language. Biology & Philosophy. 33: 9. PMID 29606782 DOI: 10.1007/S10539-018-9612-8  0.579
2018 Winters J, Kirby S, Smith K. Contextual predictability shapes signal autonomy. Cognition. 176: 15-30. PMID 29533765 DOI: 10.1016/J.Cognition.2018.03.002  0.792
2018 Cuskley CF, Loreto V, Kirby S. A Social Approach to Rule Dynamics Using an Agent‐Based Model Topics in Cognitive Science. 10: 745-758. PMID 29517140 DOI: 10.1111/Tops.12327  0.818
2018 Ravignani A, Thompson B, Grossi T, Delgado T, Kirby S. Evolving building blocks of rhythm: how human cognition creates music via cultural transmission. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. PMID 29508405 DOI: 10.1111/Nyas.13610  0.804
2018 Vihman V, Nelson D, Kirby S. Animacy Distinctions Arise from Iterated Learning Open Linguistics. 4: 552-565. DOI: 10.1515/Opli-2018-0027  0.585
2018 Claidière N, Amedon GK, André J, Kirby S, Smith K, Sperber D, Fagot J. Convergent transformation and selection in cultural evolution Evolution and Human Behavior. 39: 191-202. DOI: 10.1016/J.Evolhumbehav.2017.12.007  0.767
2017 Motamedi Y, Schouwstra M, Kirby S. An evolutionary approach to sign language emergence: From state to process. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 40: 35-36. PMID 29342521 DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X15003003  0.513
2017 Kanwal J, Smith K, Culbertson J, Kirby S. Zipf's Law of Abbreviation and the Principle of Least Effort: Language users optimise a miniature lexicon for efficient communication. Cognition. 165: 45-52. PMID 28494263 DOI: 10.1016/J.Cognition.2017.05.001  0.845
2017 Kirby S. Culture and biology in the origins of linguistic structure Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 24: 118-137. PMID 28120320 DOI: 10.3758/S13423-016-1166-7  0.587
2017 Cornish H, Dale R, Kirby S, Christiansen MH. Sequence Memory Constraints Give Rise to Language-Like Structure through Iterated Learning. Plos One. 12: e0168532. PMID 28118370 DOI: 10.1371/Journal.Pone.0168532  0.505
2017 Cuskley C, Simner J, Kirby S. Phonological and orthographic influences in the bouba-kiki effect. Psychological Research. 81: 119-130. PMID 26403463 DOI: 10.1007/S00426-015-0709-2  0.792
2017 Ravignani A, Delgado T, Kirby S. Musical evolution in the lab exhibits rhythmic universals Nature Human Behaviour. 1: 1-7. DOI: 10.1038/S41562-016-0007  0.42
2016 Tamariz M, Kirby S. The cultural evolution of language Current Opinion in Psychology. 8: 37-43. PMID 29506800 DOI: 10.1016/J.Copsyc.2015.09.003  0.551
2016 Carr JW, Smith K, Cornish H, Kirby S. The Cultural Evolution of Structured Languages in an Open-Ended, Continuous World. Cognitive Science. PMID 27061857 DOI: 10.1111/Cogs.12371  0.826
2016 Thompson B, Kirby S, Smith K. Culture shapes the evolution of cognition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID 27044094 DOI: 10.1073/Pnas.1523631113  0.816
2016 Spike M, Stadler K, Kirby S, Smith K. Minimal Requirements for the Emergence of Learned Signaling. Cognitive Science. PMID 26988073 DOI: 10.1111/Cogs.12351  0.737
2015 Culbertson J, Kirby S. Simplicity and Specificity in Language: Domain-General Biases Have Domain-Specific Effects. Frontiers in Psychology. 6: 1964. PMID 26793132 DOI: 10.3389/Fpsyg.2015.01964  0.696
2015 Verhoef T, Kirby S, de Boer B. Iconicity and the Emergence of Combinatorial Structure in Language. Cognitive Science. 40: 1969-1994. PMID 26706244 DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12326  0.513
2015 Atkinson M, Kirby S, Smith K. Speaker Input Variability Does Not Explain Why Larger Populations Have Simpler Languages. Plos One. 10: e0129463. PMID 26057624 DOI: 10.1371/Journal.Pone.0129463  0.829
2015 Kirby S, Tamariz M, Cornish H, Smith K. Compression and communication in the cultural evolution of linguistic structure. Cognition. 141: 87-102. PMID 25966840 DOI: 10.1016/J.Cognition.2015.03.016  0.831
2015 Silvey C, Kirby S, Smith K. Word meanings evolve to selectively preserve distinctions on salient dimensions. Cognitive Science. 39: 212-26. PMID 25066300 DOI: 10.1111/Cogs.12150  0.83
2015 Tamariz M, Kirby S. Culture: Copying, Compression, and Conventionality Cognitive Science. 39: 171-183. PMID 25039798 DOI: 10.1111/Cogs.12144  0.407
2015 Verhoef T, Kirby S, de Boer B. Iconicity and the Emergence of Combinatorial Structure in Language Cognitive Science. DOI: 10.1111/Cogs.12326  0.593
2014 Claidière N, Smith K, Kirby S, Fagot J. Cultural evolution of systematically structured behaviour in a non-human primate. Proceedings. Biological Sciences / the Royal Society. 281. PMID 25377450 DOI: 10.1098/Rspb.2014.1541  0.781
2014 Monaghan P, Shillcock RC, Christiansen MH, Kirby S. How arbitrary is language? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences. 369: 20130299. PMID 25092667 DOI: 10.1098/Rstb.2013.0299  0.542
2014 Kirby S, Griffiths T, Smith K. Iterated learning and the evolution of language. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 28: 108-14. PMID 25062470 DOI: 10.1016/J.Conb.2014.07.014  0.843
2014 WINTERS J, KIRBY S, SMITH K. Languages adapt to their contextual niche Language and Cognition. 7: 415-449. DOI: 10.1017/Langcog.2014.35  0.847
2014 Verhoef T, Kirby S, de Boer B. Emergence of combinatorial structure and economy through iterated learning with continuous acoustic signals Journal of Phonetics. 43: 57-68. DOI: 10.1016/J.Wocn.2014.02.005  0.568
2012 de Boer B, Sandler W, Kirby S. New perspectives on duality of patterning: Introduction to the special issue. Language and Cognition. 4: 251-259. PMID 24587833 DOI: 10.1515/Langcog-2012-0014  0.521
2012 Claidière N, Kirby S, Sperber D. Effect of psychological bias separates cultural from biological evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 109: E3526; author reply . PMID 23236179 DOI: 10.1073/Pnas.1213320109  0.368
2010 Scott-Phillips TC, Kirby S. Language evolution in the laboratory Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 14: 411-417. PMID 20675183 DOI: 10.1016/J.Tics.2010.06.006  0.563
2010 Simner J, Cuskley C, Kirby S. What sound does that taste? Cross-modal mappings across gustation and audition. Perception. 39: 553-69. PMID 20515002 DOI: 10.1068/P6591  0.771
2010 Theisen CA, Oberlander J, Kirby S. Systematicity and arbitrariness in novel communication systems Interaction Studies. 11: 14-32. DOI: 10.1075/Is.11.1.08The  0.38
2009 Scott-Phillips TC, Kirby S, Ritchie GRS. Signalling signalhood and the emergence of communication Cognition. 113: 226-233. PMID 19740461 DOI: 10.1016/J.Cognition.2009.08.009  0.405
2009 Cornish H, Tamariz M, Kirby S. Complex Adaptive Systems and the Origins of Adaptive Structure: What Experiments Can Tell Us Language Learning. 59: 187-205. DOI: 10.1111/J.1467-9922.2009.00540.X  0.58
2008 Smith K, Kirby S. Cultural evolution: implications for understanding the human language faculty and its evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences. 363: 3591-603. PMID 18801718 DOI: 10.1098/Rstb.2008.0145  0.849
2008 Kirby S, Cornish H, Smith K. Cumulative cultural evolution in the laboratory: an experimental approach to the origins of structure in human language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 105: 10681-6. PMID 18667697 DOI: 10.1073/Pnas.0707835105  0.848
2008 Ritchie GRS, Kirby S, Hawkey DJC. Song learning as an indicator mechanism: modelling the developmental stress hypothesis. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 251: 570-583. PMID 18294656 DOI: 10.1016/J.Jtbi.2007.12.013  0.382
2008 Smith K, Kirby S, Smith ADM. The brain plus the cultural transmission mechanism determine the nature of language Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 31: 533-534. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X08005244  0.819
2007 Kirby S, Dowman M, Griffiths TL. Innateness and culture in the evolution of language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 104: 5241-5. PMID 17360393 DOI: 10.1073/Pnas.0608222104  0.708
2006 Brighton H, Kirby S. Understanding Linguistic Evolution by Visualizing the Emergence of Topographic Mappings Artificial Life. 12: 229-242. PMID 16539767 DOI: 10.1162/106454606776073323  0.46
2005 BRIGHTON H, SMITH K, KIRBY S. Language as an evolutionary system Physics of Life Reviews. 2: 177-226. DOI: 10.1016/J.Plrev.2005.06.001  0.828
2004 Kirby S. Bias, innateness and domain specificity. Journal of Child Language. 31: 927-930. PMID 15658754 DOI: 10.1017/S0305000904006373  0.504
2004 Kirby S, Smith K, Brighton H. From UG to universals: Linguistic adaptation through iterated learning Studies in Language. 28: 587-607. DOI: 10.1075/Sl.28.3.09Kir  0.554
2003 Smith K, Kirby S, Brighton H. Iterated learning: a framework for the emergence of language. Artificial Life. 9: 371-86. PMID 14761257 DOI: 10.1162/106454603322694825  0.826
2003 Christiansen MH, Kirby S. Language evolution: consensus and controversies. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 7: 300-307. PMID 12860188 DOI: 10.1016/S1364-6613(03)00136-0  0.535
2003 Miranda ER, Kirby S, Todd PM. On Computational Models of the Evolution of Music: From the Origins of Musical Taste to the Emergence of Grammars Contemporary Music Review. 22: 91-111. DOI: 10.1080/0749446032000150915  0.397
2003 Brighton H, Kirby S, Smith K. Situated cognition and the role of multi-agent models in explaining language structure Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 88-109. DOI: 10.1007/3-540-44826-8_6  0.835
2002 Kirby S. Natural language from artificial life Artificial Life. 8: 185-215. PMID 12171637 DOI: 10.1162/106454602320184248  0.572
2001 Kirby S. Spontaneous evolution of linguistic structure-an iterated learning model of the emergence of regularity and irregularity Ieee Transactions On Evolutionary Computation. 5: 102-110. DOI: 10.1109/4235.918430  0.51
2000 Kirby S. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Stuart G. Shanker & Talbot J. Taylor, Apes, language and the human mind . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Pp. vii+244. Journal of Linguistics. 36: 157-199. DOI: 10.1017/S0022226799288081  0.397
1999 Kirby S. The role of I-language in diachronic adaptation Zeitschrift Fur Sprachwissenschaft. 18. DOI: 10.1515/Zfsw.1999.18.2.222  0.511
1995 Hurford JR, Kirby S. Neural preconditions for proto-language Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 18: 193-194. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X00038036  0.476
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