We investigate the creativity at work as people across diverse language backgrounds respond to the natural world through naming, metaphor, and myth.

Are words influenced by local environments?

How do we explain similarities and differences between linguistic diversity and biodiversity?

What do different approaches to naming reveal about the role and mechanisms of creativity in language?

Birds provide the natural lens through which we pursue our research: the migrations of barn swallows link a multitude of different languages; owls bear an otherworldly salience acknowledged across cultures; and each community boasts those birds unique to place that hold special significance.