Yasamin Motamedi



My research focuses on how human culture and cognition interact in language evolution and development, using a multimodal approach that takes in the account the role of the body in language. I completed my PhD in the Centre for Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh, supervised by Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith and Marieke Schouwstra. During my PhD, I developed Artificial Sign Language Learning methodologies to investigate the cultural evolution of manual communication systems, modelling the evolution of sign language structure. Following my PhD, I held a short-term research post at the the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, before arriving at UCL to work as a postdoc in the Language and Cognition Lab, headed by Prof. Gabriella Vigliocco. My current work uses both experimental and naturalistic data to investigate the role of multimodal iconicity in child language development.


Email: y.motamedi@ucl.ac.uk
Twitter: @YaaminMoot