Below are links to most of my research. At the bottom of the page are links to some of the news outlet summaries.
Numbers and the Making of Us. (Harvard University Press) Also in Spanish and Italian.
Selected as one of Smithsonian's 10 best science books of the year.
Winner of a 2018 PROSE award.
Read about it in The New York Times or New Scientist.
Linguistic Relativity: Evidence Across Languages and Cognitive Domains. (De Gruyter)
Further analysis suggesting that dry air may impact the rate at which languages rely on vowels
Yawning at the dawn of speech: A closer look at monkey formant space. Or a shorter reply in Science Advances
Contrasting phonetic complexity across languages: Two approaches. Measuring Language Complexity
Linguistic diversity and cognition. Lingue e linguaggio
Languages in drier climates use fewer vowels. Frontiers in Psychology
From patterns in language to patterns in thought: Relativity realized across the Americas. International Journal of American Linguistics
Lexical and grammatical number are cognitively and historically dissociable. (Commentary) Current Anthropology
Climate, vocal folds, and tonal languages. (with D. Blasi and S. Roberts) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
A closer look at a supposedly anumeric language. International Journal of American Linguistics
Sounding the depths at the confluence of numerosity and language. Linguistics Vaguard
Independent cross-cultural data reveal linguistic effects on basic numerical cognition. Language and Cognition
Mapping explorations of linguistic influences on nonlinguistic thought. Langages
Without language, no distinctly human numerosity. (Commentary) Current Anthropology
Quantity recognition among speakers of an anumeric language. (with K. Madora) Cognitive Science
Climate and language: Has the discourse shifted? (with D. Blasi and S. Roberts) Journal of Language Evolution
Language evolution and climate: The case of desiccation and tone. (with D. Blasi and S. Roberts) Journal of Language Evolution
A reconsideration of the motivations for preferred argument structure. Studies in Language
Into thin air: A return to ejectives at high altitude. LingBuzz
Evidence for direct geographic influences on linguistic sounds: The case of ejectives. PLoS ONE
Variable velic movement in Karitiana. International Journal of American Linguistics
A survey of contemporary research on Amazonian languages. Language and Linguistics Compass
Locus equation analysis as a tool for linguistic fieldwork. Language Documentation & Conservation
Aspects of Karitiana vowels. Anthropological Linguistics
Exploring potential climatic effects on the evolution of human sound systems. (S. Roberts & D. Blasi) Proceedings of the ICPhS
The ligature between epicene pronouns and a more neutral gender perception. Gender and Language
Evidence for language-mediated thought in 'plural' action perception. Meaning, Form, and Body
RRG and the exploration of syntactically based relativistic effects. Book chapter, Dusseldorf University Press
The tropic extension of the speech act scene in Karitiana. Language, Meaning, and Society
Linguistic relativity and numeric cognition: New light on a prominent test case. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society
Negation and the untransitive category in Karitiana. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society
Numeric cognition among speakers of the Jarawara language: A pilot study and methodological implication. PLC Proceedings
The origins of preferred argument structure. Evolang 8 Proceedings
The temporal indeterminacy of nasal gestures in Karitiana. PLC Proceedings
Perceptual dialectology: The view from Amazonian Brazil. SALSA Proceedings
Understanding the adjacency of nasal oralization and stress in Karitiana. Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistic Society
Semantically-oriented vowel reduction in an Amazonian language. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society
Evidence for language-mediated thought in the perception of non-gendered figures. SALSA Proceedings
Evidence for relativistic effects in the construal of transitive events. Proceedings of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference
Reduction of Brazilian Portuguese vowels in semantically-predictable contexts. Proceedings of the ICPhS
How societies are defined by the segmentation of time. Zocalo Public Square
What happens when a language has no words for numbers? The Conversation
Environment influences language production. Serious Science
I'm an associate editor for IJAL.
Some media coverage:
The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, FiveThirtyEight, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Nature, Science, Newsweek, Boston Globe and others have covered some of my work.
A discussion of Numbers and the Making of Us on WNPR and Cited.
About language and ecology on Future Tense, Lexicon Valley and Talk the Talk. And Talk the Talk again.