Gareth Roberts
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     Department of Linguistics 
     University of Pennsylvania
     619 Williams Hall
     255 South 36th Street
     PA 19104–6305

Most of my research involves conducting experiments in which participants communicate using artificial languages, or have to construct new languages from scratch. These experiments help to shed light on the role of social and communicative pressures in shaping the emergence and evolution of language (and, indeed, other communication systems). 

Broadly speaking I'm interested in most issues related to language evolution and change, and cultural evolution in general. You can read more about my current research on my lab webpage. There is also a list of publications (mostly downloadable) here and a list of recent and upcoming presentations hereYou can take a look at my CV here.