Nicole Tamer

Nicole Tamer

PhD Candidate at the University of Zurich

The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language


I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Zurich researching language evolution. I am interested in the role of arbitrariness in human and animal communication.

I’m working at the The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language which is a nationwide interdisciplinary research consortium. We aim to solve one of humanity’s great mysteries: How did our species develop the capacity for linguistic expression, for processing language in the brain, and for consistently passing down new variations to the next generation? How will our capacity for language change in the face of digital communication and neuroengineering?

Feel free to contact me if you want to collaborate or exchange ideas!


  • The Evolution of Language
  • Comparative Linguistics
  • Language Diversification
  • Animal communication


  • PhD in Quantitative and Historical Linguistics, 2020 - 2023

    University of Zurich

  • MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, 2018

    University of Cambridge

  • BA Hons English Language and Screen Studies, 2016

    University of Manchester


Inferential and Bayesian Statistics in R

Big Data Analysis

InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator


Fluent in German, English, French. Learning Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

Phonetic Analysis in Praat


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