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Communicating science: lessons from a Twitterstorm (2019)
Journal Article
Little, H. (2019). Communicating science: lessons from a Twitterstorm. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 18(4), https://doi.org/10.22323/2.18040101

In early August 2019, the U.S.A. saw 2 significant mass shootings in just 48 hours. On Twitter, Neil deGrasse Tyson responded with a tweet to his millions of followers. He outlined the number of deaths in 48 hours from other causes, and seemed to dis... Read More about Communicating science: lessons from a Twitterstorm.

The iconicity toolbox: Empirical approaches to measuring iconicity (2019)
Journal Article
Motamedi, Y., Little, H., Nielsen, A., & Sulik, J. (2019). The iconicity toolbox: Empirical approaches to measuring iconicity. Language and Cognition, 11(2), 188-207. https://doi.org/10.1017/langcog.2019.14

© 2019 UK Cognitive Linguistics Association. Growing evidence from across the cognitive sciences indicates that iconicity plays an important role in a number of fundamental language processes, spanning learning, comprehension, and online use. One ben... Read More about The iconicity toolbox: Empirical approaches to measuring iconicity.

Iconicity in signed and spoken vocabulary: A comparison between American Sign Language, British Sign Language, English, and Spanish (2018)
Journal Article
Perlman, M., Little, H., Thompson, B., & Thompson, R. L. (2018). Iconicity in signed and spoken vocabulary: A comparison between American Sign Language, British Sign Language, English, and Spanish. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(AUG), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01433

© 2018 Perlman, Little, Thompson and Thompson. Considerable evidence now shows that all languages, signed and spoken, exhibit a significant amount of iconicity. We examined how the visual-gestural modality of signed languages facilitates iconicity fo... Read More about Iconicity in signed and spoken vocabulary: A comparison between American Sign Language, British Sign Language, English, and Spanish.

Signal dimensionality and the emergence of combinatorial structure (2017)
Journal Article
Little, H., Eryılmaz, K., & de Boer, B. (2017). Signal dimensionality and the emergence of combinatorial structure. Cognition, 168, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2017.06.011

© 2017 Elsevier B.V. In language, a small number of meaningless building blocks can be combined into an unlimited set of meaningful utterances. This is known as combinatorial structure. One hypothesis for the initial emergence of combinatorial struct... Read More about Signal dimensionality and the emergence of combinatorial structure.

Introduction to the special issue on the emergence of sound systems (2017)
Journal Article
Little, H. (2017). Introduction to the special issue on the emergence of sound systems. Journal of Language Evolution, 2(1), 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1093/jole/lzx014

© The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com How did human sound systems get to be the way they are? Collecting contributions implementing a wealth of method... Read More about Introduction to the special issue on the emergence of sound systems.

Conventionalisation and discrimination as competing pressures on continuous speech-like signals (2017)
Journal Article
Little, H., Eryılmaz, K., & De Boer, B. (2017). Conventionalisation and discrimination as competing pressures on continuous speech-like signals. Interaction Studies, 18(3), 352-375. https://doi.org/10.1075/is.18.3.04lit

© John Benjamins Publishing Company. Arbitrary communication systems can emerge from iconic beginnings through processes of conventionalisation via interaction. Here, we explore whether this process of conventionalisation occurs with continuous, audi... Read More about Conventionalisation and discrimination as competing pressures on continuous speech-like signals.

Empirical approaches for investigating the origins of structure in speech (2017)
Journal Article
Little, H., Rasilo, H., Van Der Ham, S., & Eryılmaz, K. (2017). Empirical approaches for investigating the origins of structure in speech. Interaction Studies, 18(3), 330-351. https://doi.org/10.1075/is.18.3.03lit

© John Benjamins Publishing Company. In language evolution research, the use of computational and experimental methods to investigate the emergence of structure in language is exploding. In this review, we look exclusively at work exploring the emerg... Read More about Empirical approaches for investigating the origins of structure in speech.

Using leap motion to investigate the emergence of structure in speech and language (2016)
Journal Article
Eryilmaz, K., & Little, H. (2017). Using leap motion to investigate the emergence of structure in speech and language. Behavior Research Methods, 49(5), 1748-1768. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-016-0818-x

© 2016, The Author(s). In evolutionary linguistics, experiments using artificial signal spaces are being used to investigate the emergenceof speech structure. These signal spaces need to be continuous, non-discretized spaces from which discrete units... Read More about Using leap motion to investigate the emergence of structure in speech and language.