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Welcome to my site

I’m a Hungarian linguist living in Bristol.

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, the University of Oxford, and now, I suppose, Bristol! 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.