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Asli Ozyurek

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My research in general investigates the relations between cognition (action, space), language, communication and development. More specifically i ask to what extent our knowledge and use of bodily actions interact with or shape language, its processing and learning. I investigate this question in two domains of human communicative behavior in which body and language are closely related:

• gestures that speakers use spontaneously
• sign languages (established or emerging) used by deaf people

I use an interdisciplinary approach (linguistic and psychological) and a combination of methods and techniques such as linguistic analysis, comparative (developmental, cross-linguistic) and experimental methods as well as brain imaging (ERP, fMRI).
My research is funded by the NIH (National Institutes of Health, USA), VIDI-NWO (Dutch Science Foundation) as well as an ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant (see more on Research).

I just recieved a NWO-VICI Grant for research proposal entitled "Giving cognition a hand: Linking spatial cognition to linguistic expression in native and late learners of sign language and bimodal bilinguals" (2015-2020)

With dr. Judith Holler I coordinate the Nijmegen Gesture Centre of the Radboud University Nijmegen. See[…]/nijmegen-gesture-centre-1

I am also a PI at the NWO Gravitation Language in Interaction Consortium ( - coordinator of workpackage Language and Action with Prof. Harold Bekkering.

If you are interested in working in my research group you can take a look at our current job openings ([…]/?recid=558659 or[…]/?recid=558679).

Function: Associated Researcher
Member of: Center for Language Studies Group
Other Affiliations: Professor, Linguistics Department, Radboud University Nijmegen
Research Fellow, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior
Last checked 2015-08-06

Asli Ozyurek

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands