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Asifa Majid investigates the nature of categories and concepts in language, in non-linguistic perception and cognition, and the relationship between them. She adopts a large-scale cross-cultural approach in order to establish which aspects of categorisation are fundamentally shared, and which language-specific. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining standardised psychological methodology, in-depth linguistic studies and ethnographically-informed description. This coordinated approach has been used to study domains such as space, event representation and more recently the language of perception.

Majid has been awarded various prizes and awards (e.g. the Ammodo KNAW Award 2015 for the Humanities, Radboud Science Award 2015) and received a NWO VICI grant (€1.5 million) to study olfactory language and cognition across diverse cultures. Her work has been recognised outside the scientific community too. She was named one of The Libertine 100 because “Her innovative research opens up a whole new frontier of language and ‘smell vocabulary’.”

Lab website: http://meaningculturecognition.ruhosting.nl/
Email: asifa.majid@let.ru.nl
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Other Affiliations: Professor of Language, Communication, and Cultural Cognition at the Center for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
Research Fellow, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
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