My aim is to enhance our understanding of the processes underpinning the ability to map sounds to meanings in humans as well as across animal species. To do so, I bridge philosophical theories and empirical methods.
- Acoustic universals across animal communication systems
- The role of prosody and cross-situational statistics in language processing
- The evolution of Language: a comparative approach to syntax, prosody and social cognition
- The origins of meaning: functional referentiality and emotional vocalizations in nonhuman animals
- Humans’ natural predisposition to perceive structural regularities in visual and auditory domains
Main working experiences
I achieved a PhD in philosophy of language (University of Palermo) and worked as a cognitive scientist in Prof. W. Tecumseh Fitch‘s lab (dept. of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna). I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the dept. of Artificial Intelligence of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Here I work with Prof. Bart De Boer on the origins of combinatorial speech.