I hate to break it to you, but [insert country name] does not exist. Basically, it doesn’t make any sense that something a group of people decide to imagine ‘exists’. If a group of children gets together to play doctors, why is their hospital not real but that of adult people is? We may answer […]
In its most basic form, linguistics is the scientific study of language. The field of linguistics is a vast and complex one, that focuses on the nature and structure of language. This is typically broken down into different sub-branches that cover everything from the origin and evolution of language to the way our brains process […]
Hosted at the London University of the Arts, the symposium ‘Behind Eyes Wide Shut‘ included my presentation on the scientific aspects of the film. My ideas were well received and sparked an interesting discussion at the end, together with my fellow panelist Anna Friederike Dajka, who also explored the psychology of personal relationships. My conference […]
The Elsevier-owned preprint repository has accepted two of our papers and selected one of them, ‘The nature of kinship‘, for their cognitive psychology eJournal. We are very happy about this decision, as our work will be freely available to a large audience for free, encouraging connections across disciplines. Rather than just picking from the tree […]
Babel is a magazine that brings you cutting-edge linguistic research in an accessible format. Their February edition features a piece titled ‘The acquisition of kinship’, in which Michelle Pascoe reflects on the meaning of being called a mother. Michelle is a professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She specialises in language acquisition […]
Sapiens is a digital magazine whose mission is to bring anthropology to the public. It has a pop-up window that asks you whether you are ‘a human’ and would like to subscribe, otherwise you are ‘not a human’. I found it funny and witty, but also odd.