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Movies and science capital: Influence of science on screen on scientific career choices (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Segovia-Roldán, M., & Little, H. (2021, November). Movies and science capital: Influence of science on screen on scientific career choices. Paper presented at Popularizing STEM: Science and Technology in 21st-Century US Popular Culture

The use of art and culture for science communication continues to be widely demonstrated. One of the most prominent ways science is embedded into culture is on screen, from documentaries and television series to short films and blockbusters. As young... Read More about Movies and science capital: Influence of science on screen on scientific career choices.

Marvel's agents of S.T.E.M: Representations of scientists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Perrott, L., & Little, H. (2021, November). Marvel's agents of S.T.E.M: Representations of scientists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Paper presented at Popularizing STEM: Science and Technology in 21st-Century US Popular Culture

Between 2008 and 2019, the Marvel Cinematic Universe produced 23 blockbuster films in their “Infinity Saga”. These films spanned themes of superheroes, magic and science and many major characters in the franchise are scientists. With collective box o... Read More about Marvel's agents of S.T.E.M: Representations of scientists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I’m not a “woman engineer”, I’m an engineer: Representations of women coders in the golden age of television (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Little, H., & Olsen, A. (2021, November). I’m not a “woman engineer”, I’m an engineer: Representations of women coders in the golden age of television. Paper presented at Popularizing STEM: Science and Technology in 21st-Century US Popular Culture

Historically, there has been a stigma around the presence and capabilities of women in computer science, as well as a lack of women coders as role models both in fiction and in the real world. With the growing information age and the “golden age of... Read More about I’m not a “woman engineer”, I’m an engineer: Representations of women coders in the golden age of television.

Principles of good research communication (2021)
Book Chapter
Little, H. (in press). Principles of good research communication. In H. Price, & D. McIntyre (Eds.), Communicating Linguistics: Language, Community and Public Engagement. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Is it time to escape? Examining "Escape Rooms' as science communication interventions (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Little, H., & Wilkinson, C. (2021, May). Is it time to escape? Examining "Escape Rooms' as science communication interventions. Presented at Public Communication of Science and Technology 2020 +1, Aberdeen

Escape rooms are a recent cultural phenomena, whereby a group of players are locked in a room and must solve a series of clues, puzzles, or mysteries in order to escape. From an educational perspective, escape rooms have been praised for offering a m... Read More about Is it time to escape? Examining "Escape Rooms' as science communication interventions.

“We had to be very clear that they weren't going to try to break into any of the cases”: What potential do ‘escape rooms’ offer as a science communication technique? (2021)
Journal Article
Wilkinson, C., & Little, H. (2021). “We had to be very clear that they weren't going to try to break into any of the cases”: What potential do ‘escape rooms’ offer as a science communication technique?. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 20(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.22323/2.20010307

‘Escape rooms’ are a recent cultural phenomena, whereby a group of ‘players’, often friends or colleagues, are ‘locked’ in a room and must solve a series of clues, puzzles, or mysteries in order to ‘escape’. Escape rooms are increasingly appearing in... Read More about “We had to be very clear that they weren't going to try to break into any of the cases”: What potential do ‘escape rooms’ offer as a science communication technique?.

Robots in Smart Cities (2020)
Book Chapter
Studley, M. E., & Little, H. (2021). Robots in Smart Cities. In How Smart is Your City? (75-88). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-56926-6_7

Robots and Smart Cities seem like natural partners. They both gather data and process it, and could provide added value to each other in a variety of ways. In this chapter, we briefly explore some potential use cases featuring the smart city as an in... Read More about Robots in Smart Cities.

CHIELD: The causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics database (2020)
Journal Article
Roberts, S. G., Killin, A., Deb, A., Sheard, C., Greenhill, S. J., Sinnemäki, K., …Jordan, F. (2020). CHIELD: The causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics database. Journal of Language Evolution, 5(2), 101-120. https://doi.org/10.1093/jole/lzaa001

Language is one of the most complex of human traits. There are many hypotheses about how it originated, what factors shaped its diversity, and what ongoing processes drive how it changes. We present the Causal Hypotheses in Evolutionary Linguistics D... Read More about CHIELD: The causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics database.

The Great Escape: Exploring ‘Escape Rooms’ as science communication interventions (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Little, H., & Wilkinson, C. (2019, December). The Great Escape: Exploring ‘Escape Rooms’ as science communication interventions. Presented at Science in Public, Manchester, UK

Escape rooms are a recent cultural phenomena, whereby a group of players are locked in a room and must solve a series of clues, puzzles, or mysteries in order to escape. From an educational perspective, escape rooms have been praised for offering a m... Read More about The Great Escape: Exploring ‘Escape Rooms’ as science communication interventions.

The rise of science comedy: Comparing shows at science and arts festivals (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Little, H., & Weitkamp, E. (2019, December). The rise of science comedy: Comparing shows at science and arts festivals. Presented at 12th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation 2019, Essen, Germany

Live science comedy shows have exploded in the past decade in the UK. These shows can range from stand-up comedy to musical theatre to panel shows and variety shows. However, there is very little empirical work exploring the rise in live science come... Read More about The rise of science comedy: Comparing shows at science and arts festivals.

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.

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.

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.

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.