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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., Ammodo KNAW Award for the Humanities, Radboud Science Award) and received a NWO VICI grant (€1.5 million) to study olfactory language and cognition across diverse cultures. She is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and The Academy of Europe (Linguistics Section).

Since 1 September 2018, Asifa Majid is at the University of York.

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Other Affiliations: Professor of Language, Communication, and Cultural Cognition at Department of Psychology, University of York
Last checked 2018-09-03

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Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
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6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands
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