Welcome to my site

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I’m a Hungarian linguist with a quantitative focus. I’m involved in a few things!

I am associated with Péter Rebrus’ project on Hungarian verbal morpho-phonology at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. We use a statistical Swiss Army knife of exploratory methods to look at the possible linguistic and extra-linguistic reasons Hungarian verbs behave the way they do.

At Uni Bristol, I am part of Fiona Jordan’s Varikin project. We are looking at kinship, the deathless theme of social anthropology, using phylogenetic comparative methods, ethnographic field data, and linguistic corpora (that would be me). We see kinship as a fascinating case study of a complex linguistic system inherent to the individual, but, at the same time, mirroring an equally complex social system, which is the product of tens of thousands of years of human biological and cultural evolution.

I also work with the Wordovators project, a joint research effort between Northwestern University, Il, the New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour, and the University of Oxford. The project focusses on the human lexicon — how the words we use pattern together, change, and adapt (or, alternatively, die out), and how this builds on language use in the cultural context around us, including the way this cultural context has emerged.

This site has an updated CV and list of publications, and also tells you where I am.

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