Andrew D. M. Smith

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Andrew D. M. Smith is Lecturer in Language Studies at the University of Stirling, England. He received his Ph.D. in language evolution from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His main research interests are in evolutionary and cognitive linguistics, focusing in particular on grammaticalization, the inferential socio-cultural and cognitive bases of communication, metaphor, cultural evolution, and word-learning mechanisms. His most recent book is the edited collection New Directions in Grammaticalization Research (2015, with Graeme Trousdale and Richard Waltereit).

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Viewpoint: Language Boundaries Driven by Surface Tension

A new model of language evolution assumes that changes in the spatial boundaries between dialects are controlled by a surface tension effect. Read More »