I'm co-director of the Masters course in English Language and Linguistics, which provides a wide-ranging and extensive programme centered on the English language, covering both theoretical approaches to linguistics and their application in a broader context. I also teach undergraduate courses on Language and Society, Foundations of Language, Language and the Brain, and the History of the English Language.
I was heavily involved in organising many of the Evolution of Language conferences, and have edited three of the collections produced from them, as well as the most recent New Reflections on Grammaticalisation conference.
Before joining Stirling, I worked on a number of research projects at the University of Edinburgh, where I also carried out my doctoral work on the evolution of language under the supervision of Jim Hurford and Simon Kirby.
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Most Inspiring Lecturer: RATE Teaching Awards 2012 University of Stirling
My research explores the historical development and ongoing evolution of language through investigating the socio-pragmatic, cognitive and cultural foundations of linguistic communication. Key to my approach is the acknowledgment that language is: inherently inferential, in that meaning is reconstructed by hearers, not transmitted directly from speakers; a flexible set of negotiated cultural conventions, so the way in which language is acquired and used impacts on its structure.
I'm interested in a number of fundamental questions such as the motivations and mechanisms of language change and evolution; the nature of grammaticalisation and the emergence of complexity in language; the relationship between learning, regularisation and systematicity; the way in which learners work out the meanings of unfamiliar words through processes such as cross-situational learning.
Smith ADM & Höfler S (2017) From metaphor to symbols and grammar: the cumulative cultural evolution of language. In: Power C, Finnegan M & Callan H (eds.) Human Origins: contributions from social anthropology. Methodology & History in Anthropology, 30. Berghahn, pp. 153-179. http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/PowerHuman#toc
Smith ADM (2017) Grammaticalization Theory. In: Shackelford T & Weekes-Shackelford V (eds.) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Cham: Springer, pp. 1-8. http://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_3327-1
Smith ADM (2017) Language Boundaries Driven By Surface Tension. Commentary on: J. Burridge, "Spatial Evolution of Human Dialects," Phys. Rev. X 7, 031008 (2017). Physics - Spotlighting Exceptional Research, 10, Art. No.: 80. https://physics.aps.org/articles/v10/80; https://doi.org/10.1103/Physics.10.80
Smith ADM (2016) Dynamic Models of Language Evolution: The Linguistic Perspective. In: Ginsburgh V & Weber S (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 61-100. http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137325044
Smith ADM & Höfler S (2015) The pivotal role of metaphor in the evolution of human language. In: Díaz-Vera J (ed.) Metaphor and Metonymy Across Time and Cultures: perspectives on the sociohistorical linguistics of figurative language. Cognitive Linguitics Research, 52. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 123-140. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/211440
Smith ADM, Trousdale G & Waltereit R (eds.) (2015) New Directions in Grammaticalization Research. Studies in Language Companion Series, 166. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/slcs.166/main
Smith ADM (2011) Grammaticalisation and Language Evolution. In: Narrog H & Heine B (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization. Oxford: OUP p. 152. http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Linguistics/TheoreticalDescriptiveLinguistic/?view=usa&ci=9780199586783#Author_Information
Smith K, Smith ADM & Blythe R (2011) Cross-situational learning: An experimental study of word-learning mechanisms. Cognitive Science, 35 (3), pp. 480-498. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1551-6709.2010.01158.x
Smith ADM, Schouwstra M, de Boer B & Smith K (eds.) (2010) The Evolution of Language [Evolang 8]. Singapore: World Scientific. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-Language-Proceedings-International-Conference/dp/9814295213/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338378853&sr=1-1
Smith ADM, Skarabela B & Tamariz M (2010) Exploring the Nature of a Systematicity Bias: An Experimental Study. In: Smith A, Schouwstra M, de Boer B & Smith K (eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 8th Interational Conference. London: World Scientific, pp. 289-296.
Murray H, Murray JC, Fraser S, Crone A, Davies A, Deacon C, Dolan B, Evershed RP, Hastie M, Higginbottom G, Lancaster S, Marshall P, McCulloch R, Meharg AA, Sheridan A, Smith A, Smith C, Soberl L, Timpany S, Tipping R, Warren G & Winterbottom SJ (eds.) (2009) A tale of the unknown unknowns: a Mesolithic pit alignment and a Neolithic timber hall at Warren Field, Crathes, Aberdeenshire. Oxford: Oxbow Books. http://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/a-tale-of-the-unknown-unknowns.html
Hoefler SH & Smith ADM (2009) The pre-linguistic basis of grammaticalisation a unified approach to metaphor and reanalysis. Studies in Language, 33 (4), pp. 886-909. https://doi.org/10.1075/sl.33.4.03hoe
Smith ADM, Smith K & Blythe R (2009) Reconsidering human cross-situational learning capacities: a revision to Yu & Smith's (2007) experimental paradigm. In: Taatgen N & van Rijn H (eds.) Proceedings of the 31st International Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, pp. 2711-16.
Smith ADM & Höfler S (2008) Reanalysis vs metaphor: what grammaticalisation can tell us about language evolution. In: Smith A, Smith K & Ferrer iCR (eds.) The Evolution of Language. Singapore: World Scientific, pp. 163-70.
Smith ADM, Smith K & Ferrer i Cancho R (eds.) (2008) The Evolution of Language [Evolang 7]. Singapore: World Scientific. http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVOLUTION-LANGUAGE-PROCEEDINGS-INTERNATIONAL-CONFERENCE/dp/9812776117/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338378989&sr=1-1
Smith K, Kirby S & Smith ADM (2008) The brain plus the cultural transmission mechanism determine the nature of language. Commentary on: MH Christiansen and N Chater,"Language as shaped by the brain", Behavioral and Brain Sciences, (2008) Vol.31, pp.489–558.. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31 (5), pp. 533-534. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X08005244
Smith ADM (2007) Language Change and the Inference of Meaning. In: Lyon C, Nehaniv C & Cangelosi A (eds.) Emergence of Communication and Language. New York: Springer, pp. 323-37. http://www.springer.com/computer/ai/book/978-1-84628-491-5
Smith ADM (2007) Review of: The origin of vowel systems, Bart de Boer, xiii+168 pp., Oxford University Press, 2001. Review of: The Origin of Vowel Systems, Bart de Boer, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001; xiii + 168 pp., ISBN-10: 0198299664; ISBN-13: 978-0198299660. Lingua, 117 (4), pp. 721-726. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2006.02.001
Cangelosi A, Smith ADM & Smith K (eds.) (2006) The Evolution of Language [Evolang 6]. Singapore: World Scientific. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-Language-Proceedings-International-Conference/dp/9812566562/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338379059&sr=1-1
Smith K, Smith ADM, Blythe R & Vogt P (2006) Cross-situational learning: A mathematical approach. In: Vogt P, Sugita Y, Tuci E & Nehaniv (eds.) Symbol Grounding and Beyond: Third International Workshop on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication, EELC 2006, Rome, Italy, September 30 – October 1, 2006. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4211. Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 31-44. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/11880172_3#; https://doi.org/10.1007/11880172_3
Smith ADM (2005) Mutual Exclusivity: communicative success despite conceptual divergence. In: Tallerman M (ed.) Language Origins: perspectives on evolution. Studies in the Evolution of Language, Volume 4. Oxford: OUP, pp. 372-88. http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Language_Origins.html?id=CAF6haLB5K4C
Smith ADM (2005) Stable communication through dynamic language. In: AISB’05: Social Intelligence and Interaction in Animals, Robots and Agents: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication. Second International Symposium on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication, Hatfield UK, 12.04.2005-15.04.2005. Hatfield, Hertfordshire UK: The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, pp. 135-142. http://www.aisb.org.uk/publications/proceedings/aisb2005/1_EELC_Final.pdf
Vogt P & Smith ADM (2005) Learning colour words is slow: A cross-situational learning account. Commentary on: L. Steels and T. Belpaeme, 'Coordinating perceptually grounded categories through language: A case study for colour', Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2005) 28, pp. 469–489. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28 (4), pp. 509-510. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X0544008X
Smith ADM (2001) Establishing communication systems without explicit meaning transmission. In: Kelemen J & Sosik P (eds.) Advances in Artificial Life: 6th European Conference, ECAL 2001, Prague, Czech Republic, September 10-14, 2001 Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4648. London: Springer-Verlag, pp. 381-390. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=648817; https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-44811-X_41