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Asli Ozyurek

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My research in general investigates the relations between cognition (action, space), language and communication. More specifically i ask to what extent our knowledge and use of bodily actions interact with or shape language, its processing, and use in communication. 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).

At the MPI my research is carried out under Language in our hands: Sign and Gesture project which I am heading. See[…]/home

With dr. Judith Holler I co-ordinate 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. See for the open PhD position on gesture action and language with healthy and autistic individuals

if you are two-years after your PhD and would like to conduct a Postdoctoral research with me please contact me to apply for

The Workshop "Communicative intention in gesture and action" was organised in Nijmegen, 4-5 June 2014:

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 2014-09-26

Asli Ozyurek

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