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Dediu, D. & Christiansen, M.H. (in press). Language evolution: Constraints and opportunities from modern genetics. Topics in Cognitive Science.

Christiansen, M.H. (2014). Evolutionary perspectives on language development. In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Language Development (pp. 206-209). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Christiansen, M.H. & Mueller, R.-A. (2014). Cultural recycling of neural substrates during language evolution and development. In M.S. Gazzaniga & G.R. Mangun (Eds.), The Cognitive Neurosciences V (pp. 88-90). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Reali, F., Chater, N. & Christiansen, M.H. (2014). The paradox of linguistic complexity and community size. In E.A. Cartmill, S. Roberts, H. Lyn & H. Cornish (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (pp. 270-277). Singapore: World Scientific.

Baronchelli, A., Chater, N., Christiansen, M.H. & Pastor-Satorras, R. (2013). Evolution in a changing environment. PLoS ONE, 8(1): e52742.

Bentz, C. & Christiansen, M.H. (2013). Linguistic adaptation: The trade-off between case marking and fixed word orders in Germanic and Romance languages. In F. Shi & G. Peng (Eds.), East Flows the Great River: Festschrift in Honor of Prof. William S-Y. Wang on his 80th Birthday (pp. 45-61). Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.

Christiansen, M.H. (2013). Language has evolved to depend on multiple-cue integration. In R. Botha & M. Everaert (Eds.), The evolutionary emergence of human language. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Christiansen, M.H. (2013). Modeling cultural evolution: Language acquisition as multiple-cue integration. In C. Lefebvre, B. Comrie & H. Cohen (Eds.), New Perspectives on the origins of language (pp. 487–504). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Dediu, D., Cysouw, M., Levinson, S.C., Baronchelli, A., Christiansen, M.H., Croft, W., Evans, N., Garrod, S., Gray, R., Kandler, A. & Lieven, E. (2013). Cultural evolution of language. In P.J. Richerson & M.H. Christiansen (Eds.), Cultural evolution: Society, technology, language and religion. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Baronchelli, A., Chater, N., Pastor-Satorras, R. & Christiansen, M.H. (2012). The biological origin of linguistic diversity. PLoS ONE, 7(10): e48029.

Chater, N. & Christiansen, M.H. (2012). A solution to the logical problem of language evolution: Language as an adaptation to the human brain. In M. Tallerman & K. Gibson (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution (pp. 626-639). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Winter, B. & Christiansen, M.H. (2012). Robustness as a design feature of speech communication. In Scott-Phillips, T.C., Tamariz, M., Cartmill, E.A., & Hurford, J.R. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on the Evolution of Language (pp. 384-391). New Jersey: World Scientific.

Christiansen, M.H., Reali, F. & Chater, N. (2011). Biological adaptations for functional features of language in the face of cultural evolution. Human Biology, 83, 247-259.

Monaghan, P., Christiansen, M.H. & Fitneva, S.A. (2011). The arbitrariness of the sign: Learning advantages from the structure of the vocabulary. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140, 325-347.

Wheeler, B., Searcy, W.A., Christiansen, M.H., Corballis, M.C., Fischer, J., Grüter, C., Margoliash, D., Owren, M.J., Price, T., Seyfarth, R. & Wild, M. (2011). Communication. In R. Menzel & J. Fischer (Eds.), Animal thinking: Contemporary issues in comparative cognition. Strüngmann Forum Reports (pp. 187-205). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Bentz, C. & Christiansen, M.H. (2010). Linguistic adaptation at work? The change of word order and case system from Latin to the Romance Languages. In A. Smith, M. Schouwstra, B. de Boer & K. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the Eight International Conference on the Evolution of Language (pp. 26-33). London: World Scientific Publishing.

Chater, N. & Christiansen, M.H. (2010). Language evolution as cultural evolution: How language is shaped by the brain. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 1, 623-628.

Chater, N. & Christiansen, M.H. (2010). Language acquisition meets language evolution. Cognitive Science, 34, 1131-1157.

Christiansen, M.H. & Chater, N. (2009). The myth of language universals and the myth of universal grammar. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 32, 452-453.

Beckner, C., Blythe, R., Bybee, J., Christiansen, M.H., Croft, W., Ellis, N., Holland, J., Ke, J., Larsen-Freeman, D. & Schoenemann, T. (2009). Language is a complex adaptive system. Language Learning, 59 (Suppl. 1), 1-27. [A Spanish translation, La lengua es un sistema adaptativo complejo, is available courtesy of Francisco Moreno Fernández]

Chater, N., Reali, F. & Christiansen, M.H. (2009). Restrictions on biological adaptation in language evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 1015-1020.

Christiansen, M.H., Chater, N. & Reali, F (2009). The biological and cultural foundations of language. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 2, 221-222.

Christiansen, M.H. & Kirby, S. (2009). Language evolution. In L.R. Squire (Ed.), New encyclopedia of neuroscience, Vol. 5 (pp. 321-327). Oxford, U.K.: Elsevier.

Hruschka, D., Christiansen, M.H., Blythe, R.A., Croft, W., Heggarty, P., Mufwene, S.S., Pierrehumbert, J.H. & Poplack, S. (2009). Building social cognitive models of language change. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 464-469.

Jäger, H., Baronchelli, A., Briscoe, E., Christiansen, M.H., Griffiths, T., Jäger, G., Kirby, S., Komarova, N., Richerson, P.J., Steels, L. & Triesch, J. (2009). What can mathematical, computational and robotic models tell us about the origins of syntax? In D. Bickerton & E. Szathmáry (Eds.), Biological foundations and origin of syntax. Strüngmann Forum Reports, Vol. 3 (pp. 385-410). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kirby, S., Christiansen, M.H. & Chater, N. (2009). Syntax as an adaptation to the learner. In D. Bickerton & E. Szathmáry (Eds.), Biological foundations and origin of syntax. Strüngmann Forum Reports, Vol. 3 (pp. 325-343). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Reali, F. & Christiansen, M.H. (2009). Sequential learning and the interaction between biological and linguistic adaptation in language evolution. Interaction Studies, 10, 5-30.

Christiansen, M.H. & Chater, N. (2008). Language as shaped by the brain. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 31, 489-558. [target article with 28 peer commentaries and authors’ response]

Christiansen, M.H., Reali, F. & Chater, N. (2006). The Baldwin effect works for functional, but not arbitrary, features of language. In A. Cangelosi, A. Smith & K. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the Evolution of Language (pp. 27-34). London: World Scientific Publishing.

Monaghan, P. & Christiansen, M.H. (2006). Why form-meaning mappings are not entirely arbitrary in language. In Proceedings of the 28th Annual Cognitive Science Society Conference (pp. 1838-1843). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Sternberg, D.A. & Christiansen, M.H. (2006). The implications of bilingualism and multilingualism on potential evolved language mechanisms. In A. Cangelosi, A. Smith & K. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the Evolution of Language (pp. 333-340). London: World Scientific Publishing.

Christiansen, M.H. (2005). On the relation between language and (mimetic) culture. In S.L. Hurley & N. Chater (Eds.), Perspectives on imitation: From cognitive neuroscience to social science (pp. 391-396). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Christiansen, M.H. & Dale, R. (2004). The role of learning and development in the evolution of language. A connectionist perspective. In Kimbrough Oller, D., U. Griebel & K. Plunkett (Eds.), The Evolution of Communication Systems: A Comparative Approach. The Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology (pp. 90-109). Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Christiansen, M.H. & Dale, R. (2003). Language evolution and change. In M.A. Arbib (Ed.), The handbook of brain theory and neural networks (2nd ed., pp. 604-606). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Christiansen, M.H. & Kirby, S. (2003). Language evolution: Consensus and controversies. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 300-307.  

Christiansen, M.H. & Kirby, S. (2003). Language evolution: The hardest problem in science? In M.H. Christiansen & Kirby, S. (Eds.), Language evolution (pp. 1-15). Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

Kirby, S. & Christiansen, M.H. (2003). From language learning to language evolution. In M.H. Christiansen & Kirby, S. (Eds.), Language evolution (pp. 272-294). Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

Christiansen, M.H., Dale, R., Ellefson, M.R., & Conway, C.M. (2002). The role of sequential learning in language evolution: Computational and experimental studies. In A. Cangelosi & D. Parisi (Eds.) Simulating the evolution of language (pp.165-187). London: Springer-Verlag.  

Christiansen, M.H. & Ellefson, M.R. (2002). Linguistic adaptation without linguistic constraints: The role of sequential learning in language evolution. In A. Wray (Ed.), Transitions to language (pp. 335-358). Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.  

Conway, C.M., & Christiansen, M.H. (2001). Sequential learning in non-human primates. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5, 539-546.

Christiansen, M.H. (2000). Using artificial language learning to study language evolution: Exploring the emergence of word universals. J. L. Dessalles & L. Ghadakpour (Eds.), The Evolution of Language: 3rd International Conference (pp. 45-48). Paris, France: Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications.

Ellefson, M.R. & Christiansen, M.H. (2000a). The evolution of subjacency without universal grammar: Evidence from artificial language learning. In J. L. Dessalles & L. Ghadakpour (Eds.), The Evolution of Language: 3rd International Conference (pp. 98-101). Paris, France: Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications.


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