Hannah Little


Hannah's blogging face.

Hannah Little smells of libraries, she drinks far too much tea and, on occasion, wine. She spent her formative years in Stockton-on-Tees in the North-East of England and as a result sounds a bit like a Geordie (you probably shouldn’t point this out to her though). She is currently lost in Brussels doing a PhD under Bart de Boer as part of the ABACUS project. She has an MSc in The Evolution of Language and Cognition from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in English Language and Linguistics form the University of York. Her favourite language is Hungarian. She self identifies as a ‘geek’, not only in the modern sense of the word: “One who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality”, but also the former meaning of: “A carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken, bat, snake or bugs.” (She’s a vegetarian really).

Outside of Language Evolution, Hannah spent some time working full-time in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (the only place in the world where she doesn't get called a Geordie) in the vague field of Science Communication. She endeavours to stay an active member and contributor of the public engagement community and so far her attempts have included blogging, stand-up comedy, starting SciScreen in the North East of England, writing for EuSci, working in the press office at the British Science Festival, taking part in "I'm a Scientist Get me out of here", conducting various workshops and festival events including "Science Pirates", running a bike disco for the BBC's Mr Bloom's nursery, volunteering at Greenlight for Girls and the European Gender Summit in Brussels and promoting coding skills in younger people, especially girls, in the interests of encouraging gender equality in the sciences.

Email: hannah at ai dot vub dot ac dot be

Academic Webpage including publications, presentations and the like: https://ai.vub.ac.be/~hannah/home.html

Hear my thoughts: Twitter

My posts: http://www.replicatedtypo.com/author/hannah?post_type=post

  • christian

    Hi Hannah,

    just came across your post on my 2010 paper. I realized that this is actually the first citation of it, which is pretty cool, if you ask me:-) So thank you for that.
    The stuff that you said about Hungarian sounds interesting to me. I'm currently searching for languages that are actually case increasing, because I want to better understand the mechanisms associated with grammaticalization of postpositions. So it would be nice if you could send that paper to me. Also, I would be interested to read your work on FDS. Bodo mentioned it to me and he wants to integrate it into our next paper.

    Sorry for being 1.5 years late:-) I really enjoyed reading the discussion about the paper. Nice to see that people actually start thinking about that stuff!

    Keep in touch,

  • Hi Christian,

    Good to hear from you. Sorry that post about Hungarian was written before I'd fully got a hand on the whole literature about acquisition biases having effects on language typology and so is largely nonsense, but I'm glad it rose the profile of the issues that you covered in that paper.

    I sent the FDS stuff to Bodo, so you can get it off him or drop me an email at the above address and I'll reply with it. Regarding the Hungarian stuff, all I have is an undergrad dissertation which assumes a minimalist framework, so I may have to play about with it - now that I am older and more sensible - before I let it out into the world again.

    Thanks for getting in touch, I'm sure our paths will cross again in the future.


  • Hi Hannah

    From now on I shall never visit a library without a curious sniff.

    I recently escaped from 10 years in an environment where detecting typos was part of the job, so the "form" for "from" in your introduction jumped out and hit me between the eyes.

    I hope to see you at the George on July 18th.

  • Thanks Michael, I'll make sure not to replicate it in future introductions.

    There's some good stuff on this blog if you want to prepare yourself for the 18th.


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