Phonological Evolution

Diachronic and ontogenetic dynamics of segments and features

What are the constraints that shape the diachronic dynamics of sound units and distinctive features?

  • Contact: Chundra Cathcart

  • Team: Nick Lester, Taras Zakharko, Chundra Cathcart, Balthasar Bickel, Shelece Easterday

  • Local Partners: Sabine Stoll, Volker Dellwo, Paul Widmer, Steven Moran

Selected publications:

Blasi, D. E., S. Moran, S. R. Moisik, P. Widmer, D. Dediu & B. Bickel. 2019. Human sound systems are shaped by post-Neolithic changes in bite configuration. Science 363 (6432)

Collier, K., B. Bickel, C. P. van Schaik, M. B. Manser & S. W. Townsend. 2014. Language evolution: syntax before phonology? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281 (1788).