Francie Manhardt


I'm a PhD student within the Multimodal Language and Cognition Group at the Center for Language Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen under supervision of prof. dr. Asli Özyürek and dr. Susanne Brouwer. My project entitled "relations between spatial language and cognition in deaf signers, speakers, and bimodal bilinguals" aims to investigate the effect of iconicity on language use and visual attention in deaf signers and hearing bimodal bilinguals compared to non-signers. For this, I use eye-tracking and behavioural methods to study the cognitive underpinnings of this iconicity effect.

I’m passionate about science communication and Sign Language of the Netherlands. Please see Donders Wonders for my blogs about a wide range of sign language research related topics addressed to the general public. I also take part in a visual music interpretation trainee ship to gain more experiences in how to use iconicity in sign languages effectively and in Deaf culture.

For more information see also my curriculum vitae.

Other current roles

Lab manager of the Multimodal Language and Cognition Group

Teacher at Radboud University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Language and Communication

Member of the Data Protection Comittee of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen

Science blogger at Donders Wonders

Previous education

I got my BA in Linguistics in Leipzig, Germany and my MA in Linguistics at Radboud University. My MA thesis was on the topic of the link between cross-language activation and cognitive control in hearing bimodal bilinguals. After my graduation, I worked as a research assistant within the Neurobiology of Language Group at Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.



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