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Dan DEDIU

IDEXLyon Fellow

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dan.dediu@univ-lyon2.fr

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  Training and professional background
  Research interests
  Administration activities
  Project management
  Awards and research grants
  Teaching
  Supervised theses and dissertation
  Main publications and conferences

I was originally trained in Mathematics and Computer Science and, after working for several years in the software industry, I switched back to academia (after studies in Psychology, an MSc in Neurobiology and Behavior, and a PhD in Linguistics). This background allows me to approach the Language Sciences from an inter-disciplinary and quantitative perspective, and I mostly work on questions that involve computers, statistics and empirical data organized in large databases. For more details on my background please see my Personal Website. Google Scholar seems to keep quite an extensive track of my publications with citations, h-index and what not. Some of the software and databases I develop are on GitHub.


TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


 

Education:

2004 - 2006 PhD in Linguistics: Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit, The University of Edinburgh (supervisors: Simon Kirby and Jim Hurford, awarded with no corrections)
2001 (March-Mai) SOCRATES Exchange Program: Max Planck Institute for Human Ethology, Seewiesen, Germany (supervisor: Wulf Schiefenhövel)
2000 - 2002 MSc in Neurobiology and Behaviour: Department of Biology, University of Bucharest, Romania (supervisor: Carmen Strungaru)
1996 - 1998 Undergraduate studies in Psychology: Department of Psychology, University of Bucharest, Romania
1993 - 1997 BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science: Department of Mathematics, University of Bucharest, Romania (thesis adviser: Luminiţa State)

 

Employment, academic positions, affiliations and editorial activity:

2018 - 2021 IDEXLyon Fellow: laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage, Université Lyon 2 and Université de Lyon, France
2018 - present Editorial board member: Linguistic Typology (De Gruyter)
2017 - 2018 EURIAS Fellow: Collegium de Lyon - Iinstitut d'Études Avancées, Université de Lyon, France
2017 - 2019 Affiliation: Language & Genetics Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2016 (February) Visiting Professor: Empirical Foundations of Linguistics International Chair, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, Pairs, France
2015 - present Executive editor (with Bart de Boer): Journal of Language Evolution (Oxford University Press)
2008 - 2012 Senior investigator and Project leader "Genetic biasing in language and speech": Language and Genetics Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2011 - present Research Fellow (affiliation): Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen
2008 - 2012 Research staff: Neurobiology of Language Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2007 - 2008 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow: Linguistics and English Language, The University of Edinburgh, UK
2007 Research Associate: Linguistics and English Language, The University of Edinburgh, UK, AHRC-funded project (April McMahon, April – June) & DTRF short grant (Jim Hurford, January – February)
1997 - 2004 Software engineer, Project manager, Technical Leader: Softwin S.R.L., Bucharest, Romania (with stages in Rennes, France; Paris, France and Vaasa, Finland)

 

2004 – 2006

Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit, The University of Edinburgh

PhD; supervisors Simon Kirby and Jim Hurford, awarded with no corrections

2001 (03-05)

Max Planck Institute for Human Ethology, Seewiesen, Germany

SOCRATES Exchange Program; supervisor Wulf Schiefenhövel

2000 – 2002

Department of Biology, University of Bucharest, Romania

MSc in Neurobiology and Behaviour; supervisor Carmen Strungaru

1996 – 1998

Department of Psychology, University of Bucharest, Romania, undergraduate studies

1993 – 1997

Department of Mathematics, University of Bucharest, Romania

BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science; thesis adviser Luminiţa State

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


 

During my academic career I have worked on several big themes, mostly concerning language origins, evolution and diversity. A non-exhaustive list of questions my work attempts to answer is:

  • How and when did arguably "modern" language evolve? Did we share it with other humans, such as the Neanderthals? What sort of empirical evidence can be used to answer these questions?
  • What are the genetic foundations of language and speech? How do they interact with the environment, and, more importantly, the cultural evolution of language?
  • How can we infer the rates of change of structural aspects of language? How do Bayesian phylogenetic methods compare with other proposals and how can we estimate this latent stability using psychometric approaches?
  • How is the variation in the infrastructure of language and speech patterned between individuals and groups? How does it affect (bias) language change and linguistic diversity?
  • In particular, how does variation in vocal tract anatomy and physiology influence phonetic and phonological cross-linguistic diversity?
  • How do linguistic complexity and robustness emerge, how are they maintained, and so they vary across languages? Is there a connection to variation in environmental conditions and speakers?

 

ADMINISTRATION ACTIVITIES


 

Administrative responsibilities:

2010 - 2017 The library committee (member), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2012 The WEB committee (temporary member), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2012 Online forum and wiki for statistics with R (setup & moderation), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2009 - 2012 Biological infrastructure of language series of meetings (co-organizer), Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2008, 2009 Foundations of evolutionary theory reading group (co-organizer), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT


 

Principal Investigator:

2018 - 2021 IDEXLyon Fellowship: Variation, Change and Complexity in Linguistic and Health-related Behaviours (V2C; approx. €1,200,000), Université de Lyon, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage) & Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (Laboratoire HESPER), France
2012 - 2017 NWO Vidi grant 276-70-022: The influence of genetic biases on the evolution, universal properties and diversity of speech and language (G[ɜ]bils; €800,000), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2007 - 2008 ESRC UK Postdoctoral Research Fellowship PTA-026-27-1569: Non-spurious Correlations Between Genetic and Linguistic Inter-population Diversities in the Context of Human Evolution (approx. $70,000), The University of Edinburgh, UK

 

AWARDS AND RESEARCH GRANTS


 

Grants and Awards:

2018 - 2021 IDEXLyon Fellowship, Université de Lyon, France
2017 - 2018 EURIAS Fellowship, Collegium de Lyon, France
2012 - 2017 The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Vidi grant no. 276-70-022 "Genetic biasing in language and speech", Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2007 - 2008 ESRC (UK) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, The University of Edinburgh, UK
2004 - 2006 ORS (Overseas Research Students) UK Award no. 2003014001, The University of Edinburgh, UK
2004 - 2006 Studentship College of Humanities and Social Science, The University of Edinburgh, UK
2001 (March-Mai) SOCRATES Exchange Program, Max Planck Institute for Human Ethology, Seewiesen, Germany
1993 - 1997 Studentship, Department of Mathematics, University of Bucharest, Romania

 

TEACHING


 

Teaching, Lectures and Workshops:

2018 Lectures Sciences du Langage, Master Program in Cognitive Sciences, Université Lyon 2, France
2016 Lecture Language and speech are cool for AI, Master's Program in Artificial Intelligence, Radboud University, Nijmegen
2016 Lectures Biases in language evolution, Summer School of Linguistics, Litomyšl, Czech Republic
2016 Lectures Language, genes and evolution, Empirical Foundations of Linguistics, Université Sorbonne Nouvele Paris 3, Paris, France
2015 Lecture Language origins and evolution, Radboud Summer School, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2014 - 2017 Lectures Genetics and evolution of language, University of Edinburgh, UK
2014 Lectures Genetics and language, LOT Summer School, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2013 Lectures Genetics and language, LSA Summer School, Ann Arbor, USA
2013 Lectures Genetics and language, DGfS Sommerschule 2013, Berlin, Germany
2013 Lecture Nature and nurture, International Max Planck Research School, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2011 - 2015 Lecture Genetic and linguistic diversities, Master Program in Cognitive Neurosciences, Donders Institute, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2010, 2012, 2013 Course Introduction to statistics using R, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2011, 2013 Lectures Language and genetics: A brief overview, University of Edinburgh, UK
2006, 2007 Lecture Genetics and human evolution, University of Edinburgh, UK
2004 - 2007 Tutorials: Linguistics 1, Statistics and Experimental Design, Psychology 1 and Psychology 2, University of Edinburgh, UK

 

SUPERVISED THESES AND DISSERTATION


 

Supervision, steering and reading committees:

2018 PhD defense committee member: W. Schueller, INRIA Bordeaux Sud-Ouest, France
2013 - 2018 PhD thesis main supervisor: R. Janssen Let the agents do the talking: On the influence of vocal tract anatomy on speech during ontogeny, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (awarded 13/09/2018)
2017 PhD reading committee: V. Kolipakam A holistic approach to understanding pre-history, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2017 - present PhD thesis steering committee external member: V. Kogan, PhD in Cognitive Science & Language, University of Barcelona, Spain
2016 - present PhD thesis co-supervisor: J. Collins, PhD Program, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2015 - 2016 MSc thesis external supervisor: V. Kogan, MSc in Psychology of Language, University of Edinburgh, UK
2012 PhD defense committee: H. Xiang The language networks of the brain, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
2011, 2012, 2014 MSc thesis co-supervisor: E. Meeussen Colour blindness and its contribution to colour vocabulary, MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2010 - 2012 PhD thesis auxiliary supervisor: V. Kolipakam, PhD program, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

 

MAIN PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
LONG VERSION / SHOW SHORT VERSION


Books
 

Dediu, D., 2015, "An introduction to genetics for language scientists: Current concepts, methods, and findings", Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press (info)


PhDs and master thesis
 

Dediu, D., 2007, "Non-spurious correlations between genetic and linguistic diversities in the context of human evolution", PhD Thesis, Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh, UK (full text)


Edited books
 

Gussenhoven, C., Chen, Y. & Dediu, D. (eds), 2014, "The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, May 13-16, 2014", ISCA Archive (online)


Chapters in books
 

Devanna, P., Dediu, D. & Vernes, S., 2019, "The Genetics of Language: From complex genes to complex communication", in The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics, Rueschemeyer, S.A. & Gaskell, M. (eds), 2nd, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 865-898


 

Janssen, R. & Dediu, D., 2018, "Genetic biases affecting language: What do computer models and experimental approaches suggest?", in Language, Cognition and Computational Models, Poibeau, T. & Villavicencio, A. (eds), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 256-288 (doi:10.1017/9781316676974.010)


 

Dediu, D., 2017, "From biology to language change and diversity", in Dependencies in language: On the causal ontology of linguistics systems, Enfield, N. (ed), Berlin, Language Science Press, pp. 39-52 (doi:10.5281/zenodo.573779)


 

Dediu, D. & Levinson, S., 2014, "The time frame of the emergence of modern language and its implications", in The social origins of language, Dor, D., Knight, C. & Lewis, J. (eds), Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 184-195


 

Dediu, D. & Graham, S., 2014, "Genetics and Language", in Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics, Aronoff, M. (ed), New York, Oxford University Press (online)


 

Dediu, D., 2014, "Language and biology: The multiple interactions between genetics and language", in The Cambridge handbook of linguistic anthropology, Enfield, N., Kockelman, P. & Sidnell, J. (eds), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 686-707


 

Levinson, S. & Dediu, D., 2013, "The interplay of genetic and cultural factors in ongoing language evolution", in Cultural evolution: Society, technology, language, and religion, 12, Richerson, P. & Christiansen, M. (eds), Strüngmann Forum Reports, Cambridge, Mass, MIT Press, pp. 219-232 (book description)


 

Ladd, D. & Dediu, D., 2013, "Genes and linguistic tone", in Encyclopedia of the mind, Pashler, H. (ed), London, Sage Publications, pp. 372-373


 

Dediu, D., Cysouw, M., Levinson, S., Baronchelli, A., Christiansen, M., Croft, W., Evans, N., Garrod, S., Gray, R., Kandler, A. & Lieven, E., 2013, "Cultural evolution of language", in Cultural evolution: Society, technology, language, and religion, 12, Richerson, P. & Christiansen, M. (eds), Strüngmann Forum Reports, Cambridge, Mass, MIT Press, pp. 303-332 (book description)


 

Dediu, D., 2013, "Genes: Interactions with language on three levels - Inter-individual variation, historical correlations and genetic biasing", in The language phenomenon: Human communication from milliseconds to millennia, Binder, P.M. & Smith, K. (eds), Berlin, Springer (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-36086-2_7)


 

Dediu, D., 2010, "Linguistic and genetic diversity - how and why are they related?", in Building bridges between anthropology, medicine and human ethology: Tributes to Wulf Schiefenhövel, Brüne, M., Salter, F. & McGrew, W. (eds), Bochum, Europäischer Universitätsverlag, pp. 169-178


 

Hurford, J. & Dediu, D., 2009, "Diversity in language, genes and the language faculty", in The cradle of language, Botha, R. & Knight, C. (eds), Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 167-188


Journals
 

Dediu, D. & Moisik, S., 2019, "Pushes and pulls from below: Anatomical variation, articulation and sound change", Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 4:1, pp. 7 (doi:10.5334/gjgl.646)


 

Janssen, R., Moisik, S. & Dediu, D., 2019, "The effects of larynx height on vowel production are mitigated by the active control of articulators", Journal of Phonetics, 74, pp. 1-17 (doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2019.02.002)


 

Blasi, D., Moran, S., Moisik, S., Widmer, P., Dediu, D. & Bickel, B., 2019, "Human sound systems are shaped by post-Neolithic changes in bite configuration", Science, 363:6432, pp. eaav3218 (doi: 10.1126/science.aav3218 )


 

Allemann, S., Dediu, D. & Dima, A., 2019, "Beyond Adherence Thresholds: A Simulation Study of the Optimal Classification of Longitudinal Adherence Trajectories From Medication Refill Histories", Frontiers in Pharmacology, 10, pp. 383 (doi:10.3389/fphar.2019.00383)


 

Coupé, C., Oh, Y., Dediu, D. & Pellegrino, F., 2019, "Different languages, similar encoding efficiency: comparable information rates across the human communicative niche", Science Advances, 5:9, pp. eaaw2594 (doi:10.1126/sciadv.aaw2594 , GitHub data and code)


 

Dediu, D., Janssen, R. & Moisik, S., 2019, "Weak biases emerging from vocal tract anatomy shape the repeated transmission of vowels", Nature Human Behaviour, - (doi: 10.1038/s41562-019-0663-x)


 

Janssen, R., Moisik, S. & Dediu, D., 2018, "Modelling human hard palate shape with Bézier curves", PLoS ONE, 13:2, pp. e0191557 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0191557)


 

Dediu, D. & Levinson, S., 2018, "Neanderthal language revisited: Not only us", Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 21, pp. 49-55 (doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2018.01.001)


 

Dediu, D., 2018, "Making genealogical language classifications available for phylogenetic analysis: Newick trees, unified identifiers, and branch length.", Language Dynamics and Change, 8:1, pp. 1-21 (doi:10.1163/22105832-00801001)


 

Benítez-Burraco, A. & Dediu, D., 2018, "Ancient DNA and language evolution: A special section [Editorial]", Journal of Language Evolution, 3:1, pp. 47-48 (doi:10.1093/jole/lzx024)


 

Bentz, C., Dediu, D., Verkerk, A. & Jäger, G., 2018, "The evolution of language families is shaped by the environment beyond neutral drift", Nature Human Behaviour, 2, pp. 816–821 (doi:10.1038/s41562-018-0457-6, full text)


 

Moisik, S. & Dediu, D., 2017, "Anatomical biasing and clicks: Evidence from biomechanical modeling", Journal of Language Evolution, 2:1, pp. 37-51 (doi:10.1093/jole/lzx004)


 

Dediu, D., Janssen, R. & Moisik, S., 2017, "Language is not isolated from its wider environment: Vocal tract influences on the evolution of speech and language", Language and Communication, 54, pp. 9-20 (doi:10.1016/j.langcom.2016.10.002)


 

Bosman, A., Moisik, S., Dediu, D. & Waters-Rist, A., 2017, "Talking heads: Morphological variation in the human mandible over the last 500 years in the Netherlands", HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology, 68:5, pp. 329-342 (doi:10.1016/j.jchb.2017.08.002)


 

Dima, A. & Dediu, D., 2016, "Computation of Adherence to Medications and Visualization of Medication Histories in R with AdhereR: Towards Transparent and Reproducible Use of Electronic Healthcare Data", PLoS ONE, 12:4, pp. e0174426 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174426, AdhereR package on GitHub)


 

Dediu, D. & de Boer, B., 2016, "Language evolution needs its own journal [Editorial]", Journal of Language Evolution, 1, pp. 1-6 (doi:10.1093/jole/lzv001)


 

Dediu, D. & Christiansen, M., 2016, "Language evolution: Constraints and opportunities from modern genetics", Topics in Cognitive Science, 8, pp. 361-370 (doi:10.1111/tops.12195)


 

Dediu, D., 2016, "Typology for the masses", Linguistic typology, 20:3, pp. 579-581 (doi:10.1515/lingty-2016-0029)


 

Dediu, D., 2016, "A multi-layered problem", IEEE CDS Newsletter, 13, pp. 14-15 (online)


 

Asaridou, S., Takashima, A., Dediu, D., Hagoort, P. & McQueen, J., 2016, "Repetition suppression in the left inferior frontal gyrus predicts tone learning performance", Cerebral Cortex, 26:6, pp. 2728-2742 (doi:10.1093/cercor/bhv126)


 

Xiang, H., Van Leeuwen, T., Dediu, D., Roberts, L., Norris, D. & Hagoort, P., 2015, "L2-proficiency-dependent laterality shift in structural connectivity of brain language pathways", Brain Connectivity, 5:6, pp. 349-361 (doi:10.1089/brain.2013.0199)


 

Ladd, D., Roberts, S. & Dediu, D., 2015, "Correlational studies in typological and historical linguistics", Annual Review of Linguistics, 1, pp. 221-241 (doi:10.1146/annurev-linguist-030514-124819)


 

Caldwell-Harris, C., Lancaster, A., Ladd, D., Dediu, D. & Christiansen, M., 2015, "Factors influencing sensitivity to lexical tone in an artificial language: Implications for second language learning", Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 37:2, pp. 335-357 (doi:10.1017/S0272263114000849)


 

Ladd, D., Turnbull, R., Browne, C., Caldwell-Harris, C., Ganushchak, L., Swoboda, K., Woodfield, V. & Dediu, D., 2013, "Patterns of individual differences in the perception of missing-fundamental tones", Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39:5, pp. 1386-1397 (doi:10.1037/a0031261)


 

Gialluisi, A., Dediu, D., Francks, C. & Fisher, S., 2013, "Persistence and transmission of recessive deafness and sign language: New insights from village sign languages", European Journal of Human Genetics, 21, pp. 894-896 (doi:10.1038/ejhg.2012.292)


 

Dediu, D. & Levinson, S., 2013, "On the antiquity of language: The reinterpretation of Neandertal linguistic capacities and its consequences", Frontiers in Language Sciences, 4, pp. 397 (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00397)


 

Dediu, D. & Cysouw, M., 2013, "Some structural aspects of language are more stable than others: A comparison of seven methods", PLoS ONE, 8, pp. e55009 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055009)


 

Xiang, H., Dediu, D., Roberts, L., Van Oort, E., Norris, D. & Hagoort, P., 2012, "The structural connectivity underpinning language aptitude, working memory and IQ in the perisylvian language network", Language Learning, 62:Supplement S2, pp. 110-130 (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9922.2012.00708.x)


 

Knooihuizen, R. & Dediu, D., 2012, "Historical demography and historical sociolinguistics: The role of migrant integration in the development of Dunkirk French in the 17th century", Language Dynamics and Change, 2:1, pp. 1-33 (doi:10.1163/221058212X653067)


 

Ioana, M., Ferwerda, B., Farjadian, S., Ioana, L., Ghaderi, A., Oosting, M., Joosten, L., Van der Meer, J., Romeo, G., Luiselli, D., Dediu, D. & Netea, M., 2012, "High variability of TLR4 gene in different ethnic groups of Iran", Innate Immunity, 18, pp. 492-502


 

Hanulikova, A., Dediu, D., Fang, Z., Basnakova, J. & Huettig, F., 2012, "Individual differences in the acquisition of a complex L2 phonology: A training study", Language Learning, 62:Supplement S2, pp. 79-109 (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9922.2012.00707.x)


 

Dediu, D. & Levinson, S., 2012, "Abstract profiles of structural stability point to universal tendencies, family-specific factors, and ancient connections between languages", PLoS ONE, 7:9, pp. e45198 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045198)


 

Dediu, D. & Dingemanse, M., 2012, "More than accent: Linguistic and cultural cues in the emergence of tag-based cooperation [Commentary]", Current Anthropology, 53, pp. 606-607 (doi:10.1086/667654)


 

Cysouw, M., Dediu, D. & Moran, S., 2012, "Comment on “Phonemic Diversity Supports a Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa”", Science, 335, pp. 657-b (doi:10.1126/science.1208841)


 

Dediu, D., 2011, "Are languages really independent from genes? If not, what would a genetic bias affecting language diversity look like?", Human Biology, 83, pp. 279-296 (doi:10.3378/027.083.0208)


 

Dediu, D., 2011, "A Bayesian phylogenetic approach to estimating the stability of linguistic features and the genetic biasing of tone", Proceedings of the Royal Society of London/B, 278:1704, pp. 474-479 (doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1595)


 

Maguire, W., McMahon, A., Heggarty, P. & Dediu, D., 2010, "The past, present, and future of English dialects: Quantifying convergence, divergence, and dynamic equilibrium", Language Variation and Change, 22, pp. 69-104 (doi:10.1017/S0954394510000013)


 

Dediu, D., 2009, "Genetic biasing through cultural transmission: Do simple Bayesian models of language evolution generalize?", Journal of Theoretical Biology, 259, pp. 552-561 (doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2009.04.004)


 

Ladd, D., Dediu, D. & Kinsella, A., 2008, "Languages and genes: reflections on biolinguistics and the nature-nurture question", Biolinguistics, 2:1, pp. 114-126 (full text)


 

Ladd, D., Dediu, D. & Kinsella, A., 2008, "Reply to Bowles (2008)", Biolinguistics, 2:2, pp. 256-259 (full text)


 

Dediu, D., 2008, "The role of genetic biases in shaping the correlations between languages and genes", Journal of Theoretical Biology, 254, pp. 400-407 (doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2008.05.028)


 

Dediu, D. & Ladd, D., 2007, "Linguistic tone is related to the population frequency of the adaptive haplogroups of two brain size genes, ASPM and Microcephalin", PNAS, 104, pp. 10944-10949 (doi:10.1073/pnas.0610848104)


Conferences with proceedings
 

Dediu, D. & Moisik, S., 2019, "Biology matters: Variation in vocal tract anatomy and language", proc. of 23rd International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (ISTAL 23), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2017, Topintzi, N., Lavidas, N. & Moumtzi, M. (eds), School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 23, pp. 19-33, 23rd International Symposium papers on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - Selected Papers (Full text)


 

Dima, A., Allemann, S. & Dediu, D., 2019, "AdhereR: An Open Science Approach to Estimating Adherence to Medications Using Electronic Healthcare Databases.", proc. of MEDINFO 2019, Lyon, France, 2019, 264, pp. 1451-1452, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (abstract) (poster) (doi:10.3233/SHTI190479, PMID:31438176)


 

Janssen, R., Moisik, S. & Dediu, D., 2018, "Agent model reveals the influence of vocal tract anatomy on speech during ontogeny and glossogeny"The 12th International Conference on Language Evolution (EVOLANG12), Toruń, Poland, 2018, Cuskley, C., Flaherty, M., Little, H., McCrohon, L., Ravignani, A. & Verhoef, T. (eds), NCU Press, The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (EVOLANGXII) (doi:10.12775/3991-1.042)


 

Bentz, C., Dediu, D., Verkerk, A. & Jäger, G., 2018, "Language family trees reflect geography and demography beyond neutral drift"The 12th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG12), Toruń, Poland, 2018, Cuskley, C., Flaherty, M., Little, H., McCrohon, L., Ravignani, A. & Verhoef, T. (eds), NCU Press, The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (EVOLANGXII) (doi:10.12775/3991-1.006)


 

Janssen, R., Winter, B., Dediu, D., Moisik, S. & Roberts, S., 2016, "Nonlinear biases in articulation constrain the design space of language"The 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG 11), New Orleans, USA, 2016, Roberts, S., Cuskley, C., McCrohon, L., Barceló-Coblijn, L., Feher, O. & Verhoef, T. (eds), The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11) (online)


 

Janssen, R., Dediu, D. & Moisik, S., 2016, "Simple agents are able to replicate speech sounds using 3d vocal tract model"The 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG11), New Orleans, USA, 2016, Roberts, S., Cuskley, C., McCrohon, L., Barceló-Coblijn, L., Feher, O. & Verhoef, T. (eds), The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11). (online)


 

Dediu, D. & Moisik, S., 2016, "Anatomical biasing of click learning and production: An MRI and 3d palate imaging study"The 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG11), New Orleans, USA, 2016, Roberts, S., Cuskley, C., McCrohon, L., Barceló-Coblijn, L., Feher, O. & Verhoef, T. (eds), The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11) (online)


 

Dediu, D. & Moisik, S., 2016, "Defining and counting phonological classes in cross-linguistic segment databases"The 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC2016), Portorož, Slovenia, 2016, Calzolari, N., Choukri, K., Declerck, T., Goggi, S., Grobelnik, M., Maegaard, B., Mariani, J., Mazo, H., Moreno, A., Odijk, J. & Piperidis, S. (eds), European Language Resources Association (ELRA), pp. 1955-1962, Proceedings of LREC 2016: 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (online)


 

Moisik, S. & Dediu, D., 2015, "Anatomical biasing and clicks: Preliminary biomechanical modelling"The 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015) Satellite Event: The Evolution of Phonetic Capabilities: Causes constraints, consequences , Glasgow, UK, 2015, Little, H. (ed), ICPhS, pp. 8-13 (full text)


 

Janssen, R., Moisik, S. & Dediu, D., 2015, "Bézier modelling and high accuracy curve fitting to capture hard palate variation"The 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015), Glasgow, UK, 2015, University of Glasgow (full text)


 

Roberts, S., Dediu, D. & Levinson, S., 2014, "Detecting differences between the languages of Neandertals and modern humans"The 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG10), Vienna, Austria, 2014, Cartmill, E., Roberts, S., Lyn, H. & Cornish, H. (eds), World Scientific, pp. 501-502, The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference


 

Dediu, D. & Levinson, S., 2014, "Language and speech are old: A review of the evidence and consequences for modern linguistic diversity"The 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG10), Vienna, Austria, 2014, Cartmill, E., Roberts, S., Lyn, H. & Cornish, H. (eds), World Scientific, pp. 421-422, The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference


 

Dediu, D., 2008, "Causal correlations between genes and linguistic features: The mechanism of gradual language evolution"The 7th International Conference on the evolution of language (EVOLANG7), Barcelona, Spain, 2008, Smith, A., Smith, K. & Ferrer i Cancho, R. (eds), World Scientific Press, pp. 83-90, The evolution of language: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference (preprint)


 

Dediu, D., 2006, "Mostly out of Africa, but what did the others have to say? "The 6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EVOLANG6), Rome, Italy, 2006, Cangelosi, A., Smith, A. & Smith, K. (eds), World Scientific, pp. 59-66, The evolution of language: proceedings of the 6th International Conference  (preprint)


Invited and keynote conferences
 

Dediu, D., 2019, "Speech is not isolated from the body of the speakers: how variation in vocal tract anatomy affects phonetic and phonological diversity", proc. of Embodied Speech International Workshop, Amphithéâtre Durkheim, Université Sorbonne 1 rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris, France, 8-9 April 2019 (abstract)


 

Dediu, D., 2019, "From biology to language: vocal tract variation shapes phonetic and phonological diversity across languages", proc. of Workshop "Exploring Language", Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 29/05/2019 (abstract)


 

Dediu, D., 2017, "Plenary talk: Variation is not noise: from genetics to language change and diversity", proc. of Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT12), Canberra, Australia, 12 décembre


 

Dediu, D., 2017, "Constraints, affordances, biases: the gentle influence of biological variation on sound change."International Workshop on Sound Change (WSC4), Edinburgh, UK, 2017


 

Dediu, D., 2017, "Plenary talk: From genes to linguistic diversity: vocal tract anatomy and cross-linguistic variation."23rd International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (ISTAL23), Thessaloniki, Greece, 2017


 

Dediu, D., 2015, "Plenary talk: Language does not evolve in a void: culture, biology and the physical environment."Protolang 4, Rome, Italy, 2015


 

Dediu, D., 2015, "Languages evolve: parallels & interactions between languages & genes"Strings and Structures Workshop, Universität zu Köln, Germany, 2015


 

Dediu, D., 2015, "Across levels and timescales: causal bridges from molecules to linguistic diversity"Causality in the language sciences , Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, 2015


 

Dediu, D., 2015, "Shaping each other: language and speech in their wider context."SMART Cognitive Science (Workshop "Evolution of Language: the coevolution of biology and culture"), 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 

Dediu, D., 2014, "Modern human dispersal in Eurasia: any linguistic traces?"Santa Barbara Symposium on Human Origins II , Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, California, US, 2014 (Video)


 

Dediu, D., 2014, "Language evolution and change: the impact of modern evolutionary thinking."5th meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Euro Evo-Devo 5) (Workshop "Human vocal development and animal communication"), Vienna, Austria, 2014


 

Dediu, D., 2014, "Dependencies, correlations and causality: why do we care about them?"Dependencies in Language workshop, Maillen, Belgium, 2014


 

Dediu, D., 2013, "Genetic stories behind village sign languages – the co-evolution of deafness with sign language"Minerva-Gentner Symposium on Emergent Languages and Cultural Evolution, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2013


 

Dediu, D., 2013, "The interplay between linguistic and biological evolution – computational models of genetic biases."Language, Cognition and Computational Models , Paris, France, 2013


 

Dediu, D., 2013, "Some quantitative approaches to analyzing language dialects."Dialectes humains et communication animale, Grenoble, France, 2013


 

Dediu, D., 2012, "What does genetics have to do with language? - with a special reference to tone."Workshop "Tone: Theory and Practice" , Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, 2012


 

Dediu, D., 2011, "Are some structural features of language more stable than others and if so, why?."Biological Evolution and Diversification of Languages (BEDLAN), University of Turku, Finland, 2011


 

Dediu, D., 2011, "The stability of typological features."Computational Historical Linguistics, International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL), Osaka, Japan, 2011


 

Dediu, D., 2010, "Language diversity and its relationships with genes, history and space."Biological Evolution and Diversification of Languages (BEDLAN), University of Turku, Finland, 2010


 

Dediu, D., 2010, "Are languages really independent from genes?"CEE 2010 Symposium - Integrating Genetic and Cultural Approaches to Language, Queen Mary University of London, UK, 2010


Invited presentations
 

Dediu, D., 2018, "Language is affected by several non-linguistic factors (and that includes biology)", Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA), University of Barcelona, Spain


 

Dediu, D., 2017, "Public lecture: Language Evolution and Genetics - a complex, multi-level and cross-disciplinary relationship", Opening of the "TALKING BRAINS" Exhibition, Cosmocaixa Science Museum, Barcelona, Spain, 2017


 

Dediu, D., 2016, "Vocal tract anatomy and language: non-linguistic factors may influence language diversity and evolution.", Uppsala University, Sweden, 2016


 

Dediu, D., 2016, "From genes to language universals and linguistic diversity", Departement d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France


 

Dediu, D., 2015, "Extra-linguistic factors nudge language evolution (but language is not passive and fights back!).", Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany, 2015


 

Dediu, D., 2014, "What can we learn from two natural experiments in language evolution, us and the Neandertals?", University of Zurich, Switzerland


 

Dediu, D., 2014, "On the antiquity of speech and language", Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA), University of Barcelona, Spain


 

Dediu, D., 2014, "On the antiquity of speech and language", Artificial Intelligence Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium


 

Dediu, D., 2014, "On the antiquity of speech and language: Did the Neandert(h)als talk and why would it matter?", Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK


 

Dediu, D., 2013, "Did the Neandertals talk? And if so, what?", Max Planck Institut Erling Andechs, Germany


 

Dediu, D., 2013, "Genes: finding them, what they are, and what they do.", Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Evolutionary Anthropology, Rastatt, Germany


 

Dediu, D., 2009, "Genetic biasing & Bayesian Iterated Language Learning.", Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam


Movie or radio
 

Midgley, D. & Dediu, D., 2018, "Talk the Talk 346: What Works (featuring Dan Dediu)", Australia, Talk the Talk, 49 minutes (Podcast page)


Newspaper article
 

Robson, D., Roberts, S., Dediu, D. & Moisik, S., 2014, "How to speak Neanderthal: Perhaps we do already", New Scientist, 14/05/2014 (New Scientist online)


Software
 

Dediu, D. & Dima, A., 2017, "AdhereR", pp. Open source package for the statistical environment R that implements a set of methods for computing the adherence to treatment from electronic medical records. The package is freely available on CRAN and its source code is available on GitHub (Package on CRAN, Source on GitHub)


 

Dediu, D., 2009-2013, "Rgedit", pp. Plug-in for gedit (the standard Gnome editor) which transforms it into a light-weight IDE for the statistical environment R, aimed at advanced/professional users of R on Linux. Not under active development. (Source on SourceForge)


 

Dediu, D., 2009-2010, "BayesLang", pp. Bayesian inference program for linguistic structural data. (Source code)


 

Dediu, D., 2007-2009, "GenLangCorrV4", pp. Software platform for running simulations of various types of genetically biased language change and evolution. The program is released under GPLv3, is written in C++ and runs on *nix. (Source code)


Online Database
 

Dediu, D. & Moisik, S., 2015, "Features (and feature counts) from Phoible and Ruhlen's databases [database and software tools]", 2015, GitHub (URL)


 

Dediu, D., 2015, "Language family classifications as Newick trees with branch length [database and software tool]", 2015, GitHub (URL)




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