Research projects

  • Zipf’s Law of Abbreviation and the Principle of Least Effort: my PhD project, a combination of corpus studies and behavioural experiments. Collaborators: Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith, Jennifer CulbertsonOlivier Bonami, and Vanessa Ferdinand.
  • Analogy and predictability in Russian stress: computational model and nonce-word experiment investigating Russian speakers’ use of analogy as a productive strategy for stress assignment in unfamiliar words. Collaborators: Roger Levy and Eric Bakovic.
  • Tonogenesis in Punjabi: a detailed phonetic investigation into the role of pitch in Punjabi word production and perception. Collaborator: Amanda Ritchart.
  • The interaction between number concepts and embodied space: a behavioural study. Collaborators: Tyler Marghetis and Ben Bergen.

Publications

Kanwal J., Smith K., Culbertson J. and Kirby S. (2017). Zipf’s Law of Abbreviation and the Principle of Least Effort: Language users optimise a miniature lexicon for efficient communication. Cognition, 165, 45-52. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2017.05.001. Available online: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010027717301166 (if you cannot freely access this, here is a pdf of the accepted manuscript)

Kanwal J., Smith K., Culbertson J. and Kirby S. (2017). Language-users choose shortened words in predictive contexts in an artificial language task. To appear in Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)

Kanwal, J. and Ritchart, A. (2016). The Role of Pitch in Punjabi Word Identification. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2016), 2826-2830. (pdf)

Kanwal J., Smith K., Culbertson J. and Kirby S. (2016). The Evolution Of Zipf’s Law Of Abbreviation. In S.G. Roberts, C. Cuskley, L. McCrohon, L. Barceló-Coblijn, O. Fehér & T. Verhoef (eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11). Available online: http://evolang.org/neworleans/papers/64.html

Kanwal, J. and Ritchart, A. (2015). An experimental investigation of tonogenesis in Punjabi. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. (pdf)

Marghetis, T., Kanwal, J., & Bergen, B. K. (2013). Placing Numbers in Behavioral Space: Activity Specific Interactions between Number and Space with a Single Response Button. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)

Beuls, K., Ferdinand, V., & Kanwal, J. (2012). Self-organisation of a learnable language: What happens when an alien language replicates through human brains. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL) (pp. 1-2). IEEE. (pdf)

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