Asli Ozyurek



I am a full 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 and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
I am also the Director of the Multimodal Language and Cognition lab- members of which are distributed over Max Planck Institute, Center for Language Studies and Donders Institute for Cognition at Radboud University.

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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 by 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 

Currently I am the PI of a 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

Other current roles:

Co-PI and a Scientific Board Member of NWO funded Language in Interaction Consortium (until 2023)

Scientific Board member of the Donders Institute and the Speaker of Language and Communication theme (from 2018 onwards)

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

With Dr. Judith Holler I coordinate the Nijmegen Gesture Center

Google Scholar H-Index = 36;  10! Index = 90; Times cited- 7100+



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