Paul Vogt


I am Associate Professor at the Tilburg centre for Cognition and Communication specialised in language acquisition and language evolution. More specifically my research focuses on the cultural, social and cognitive mechanisms that underlie the acquisition and evolution of language and communication.

I take a multidisciplinary approach: ranging from artificial intelligence and psycholinguistics to ethnographic research and developmental psychology; using a variety of methods: agent-based computer modelling, robotics, word learning experiments, naturalistic observations and cross-cultural comparisons. Following a usage-based approach of language development, I assume that humans learn language by its use in interactions, and consequently that variation across individuals, cultures and social backgrounds can explain variation in language development.

On 1 January 2016, we started a new project funded by the European Commission: Second Language Tutoring using Social Robots (L2TOR).