Asli Ozyurek


As of August 2022,  I am  appointed as the Director of Multimodal Language Department of Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.  I am also a Professor at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior (Faculty of Social Sciences) and affiliated researcher at Center for Languages Studies at Radboud University.

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Till August 2022, I was the  leading PI of the Multimodal Language and Cognition lab at Radboud University 

Mission Statement

As a linguist and cognitive scientist I  investigate cognitive and social foundations of human language capacity from a multimodal (in speech, gesture and sign ) and cross-linguistic perspective

I am also dedicated bridging the gap between science, technology, society and education and making scientific practices inclusive and available for people with diverse backgrounds and languages as well as for immigrants, women and deaf individuals across the globe and in developing countries.

About me : 

Received my PhD from University of Chicago in Linguistics and Psychology

Thesis Title: The role of social context on spatial language and gesture

Obtained many career grants:  NWO- VIDI grant (5-year), ASPASIA Award and ERC Starting Grant  (5-year) and hosted three Marie-Curie Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships

In 2022, I completed  5-year  NWO-VICI Grant for a research proposal entitled "Giving cognition a hand: Linking spatial cognition to linguistic expression in native and late learners of sign language and bimodal bilinguals" 

I am also an elected (2019) member of Academia Europea

I was a Scientific Board member of the Donders Institute and the Speaker of Language and Communication theme (2018 -2022)

Other current roles:

Co-PI and a Scientific Board Member of NWO funded Language in Interaction Consortium (until 2024)

Programme Committee Member of IMPRS Graduate School (from 2019 onwards)

With Dr. Judith Holler  I coordinate the Nijmegen Gesture Center 

With Dr. Limor Raviv and Dr. Anita Slonimska I coordinate the Language Evolution and Emergence Group (LEE) at the MPI

Partner at  EU Commision Twinning Grant  funded MEDAL Consortium (2022-2025) Methodological Excellence in Data-Driven Approaches to Linguistics ( MEDAL) MEDAL consortium | Tartu Ăślikool (

Google Scholar H-Index = 46;  10! Index = 113; Times cited- 10000+



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