I am currently a postdoctoral researcher on the ESRC funded project “Constraints on the Adaptiveness of Information in Language (CAIL)”. We are using Information Theory to analyse human language and its cognitive scaffolding, and will produce computational research tools for wider use.

The CAIL project is hosted by Newcastle University in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, as part of the Language Evolution, Variation and Acquisition group and the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution.

I’m generally interested in language evolution, social cognition, and other aspects of cognition that define us as human. My PhD and subsequent research and supervision work focussed on inferential processing and its interaction with language in evolutionary, psycholinguistic, comparative, and cognitive scientific terms.

Topics of Interest:

  • Cognitive preadaptations for language (particular vis a vis social cognition)
  • Mechanisms of inference in humans and nonhuman animals
  • Effects of social cognitive architecture on linguistic structure
  • Epistemology of frameworks within cognitive science and evolutionary theory; models of mind and science

email: rachael.bailes@ncl.ac.uk