Damian Blasi

Damian Blasi

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

I started my career in Physics, obtaining a BSc in Physics (2009) and a MSc in Interdisciplinary and Statistical Physics (2010) both from the Balseiro Institute in Bariloche, Argentina. I then was awarded a PhD in Computer Science (2018) from the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences while at the same time affiliated to the Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, both based in Leipzig, Germany. Between 2015-2019 I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Comparative Linguistics and the Psycholinguistics Laboratory at the University of Z├╝rich, Switzerland. In 2019-2020 I was the Maury Green Fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. From 2020-2023 I was a Harvard Data Science Initiative Fellow based at the Culture, Cognition, and Coevolution Lab at Harvard's Human Evolutionary Biology Department. Since November 2023 I am an ICREA Research Professor.

Research interests

I research the relation between language, culture, cognition, and human evolution from the point of view of language diversity and a multidisciplinary approach drawing broadly from evolutionary anthropology, comparative linguistics, cognitive science of language and cultural evolution. I tap on empirical methods and data from across the sciences and the humanities to understand (1) the commonalities and differences across the world's languages, (2) how languages have been shaped by the myriad of changes that have taken place over the Holocene, and (3) what are the real-world consequences of the diversity of languages for science, technology, education, and medicine.

Selected publications

- Blum F, Barrientos C, Ingunza A, Blasi D E & Zariquiey R 2023. 'Grammars Across Time Analyzed (GATA): a dataset of 52 languages'Scientific Data, 10(1) 835.