Carmen Saldana


PhD candidate @
Centre for Language Evolution,
The University of Edinburgh,
Room 1.15, Dugald Stewart Building,
3 Charles Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AD

Follow me on Twitter @Hatorada






Research
I study the cultural evolution of complexity in linguistic structure. I examine how language learning and use shape the evolution of structural and compositional complexity in artificial languages, providing experimental analogues to processes in natural language change and formation. 


Research interests
I am interested in the evolution and development of language within an extended evolutionary model which highlights culture, the role of environment and the interaction between them and the different cognitive capacities in developing language specific behaviour. I am also very interested in developing new measures to quantify and define the different aspects of complexity within morphological and syntactic systems.


Teaching
I am a tutor in the Linguistics and English Language department at The University of Edinburgh. In the last three years I have tutored a wide range of levels (pre-honours undergraduates, honours undergraduates and postgraduates) and courses: Introduction to Linguistics and English Language (pre-honours), Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (pre-honours), Cross-linguistic variation (pre-honours), First Language Acquisition (honours), Second Language Acquisition (honours), Child Bilingualism (honours), Language Pathology (honours), Origins and Evolution of Language (honours and postgraduates).


Publications
Saldana, C., Kirby, S., Smith, K. and Culbertson, J. (2017) Is the strength of regularisation behaviour uniform across                  linguistic levels? In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci). Austin, TX:                Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]

Saldana C., Kirby S. and Smith K. (2016). The cultural evolution of complexity in linguistic structure. In S.G. Roberts, C.              Cuskley, L. McCrohon, L. Barceló-Coblijn, O. Fehér & T. Verhoef (eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the               11th International Conference (EVOLANG11)[pdf]

Saldana, C. & Boeckx, C. (2014) Human Accelerated Regions and the Language Faculty. In E. Cartmill, S.G. Roberts, H. Lyn         & H. Cornish (eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the Evolution of  10th International Conference (EVOLANGX).      Singapore: World Scientific.

Saldaña Gascón, C. (2012) Estudio paremiológico intergeneracional. Paremia, 21 (2012), 187-196. Madrid: Centro Virtual             Cervantes.


Peer-reviewed conference presentations
Saldana, C., Kirby, S., Smith, K. & Culbertson, J. (2017) Is the strength of regularisation behaviour uniform across                        linguistic levels? The 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. London, UK.

Saldana C., Kirby S., Truswell R. and Smith K. (2016). The evolution of linguistic complexity in the lab. Linguistics and                   English Language Postgraduate Conference. University of Edinburgh, UK.

Saldana C., Kirby S. and Smith K. (2016). The Cultural Evolution Of Complexity In Linguistic Structure. EVOLANG11. New               Orleans, LA (USA).

Saldana, C., Kirby S. and Smith K. (2015) Cultural evolution, compositionality and phrase structure. Protolang 4. Rome                Italy.

Saldana, C., Kirby S. and Smith K. (2015) The cultural evolution of complex syntactic structure. International Cognitive                 Linguistics Conference 13. Northumbria, UK. 

Saldana, C., Kirby S. and Smith K. (2015) The cultural evolution of lexical categories in an Iterated Learning                                experiment.  Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning. BCBL, San Sebastian, Spain.

Saldana, C., Kirby S. and Smith K. (2015) The cultural evolution of functional morphology in an Iterated Learning                          experiment. Workshop on the Causality in the Language Sciences. Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Science,                 Leipzig, Germany.

Saldana, C. & Boeckx, C. (2014) Human Accelerated Regions and the Language faculty. EVOLANG X. Vienna University,               Austria.

Saldana, C. & Boeckx, C. (2014) Cerebellar loops and the Language Faculty. Nijmegen Lectures 2014. Max Planck                        Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Saldaña, C.C. & Boeckx, C. (2012) The acceleration of the genetic clock points to the importance of the cerebrocortico-               cerebellar connectivity in the emergence of the language faculty. ICREA International Symposium on Biolinguistics.                   University of Barcelona, Spain.


Conference reviewing
2013-2016: Reviewer for the Evolution of Language International Conference (EVOLANG).
2014: Reviewer for the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC).

Languages
Catalan, Spanish, Italian, English. Basic knowledge of French, Portuguese, German and BSL.

Computing skills
Python (including PsychoPy), R, LaTex. Basic knowledge of JS, HTML, CSS, Stata, Praat, Adobe InDesign, Inkscape