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  • Postvak 4.14, Faculty of Humanities, De Boelelaan 1105

    1081 HV Amsterdam

1987 …2017

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Professor of Language Use and Cognition
(Hoogleraar Taalgebruik en Cognitie)

& Associate Professor of English Linguistics (UHD Engelse Taalkunde)


Cognitive linguistics; semantics and conceptualization; gesture studies; multimodal communication; grammar of spoken language; metaphor studies; comparative/contrastive linguistics


BA: English-language tracks in the major Communication and Information Studies ("CIW" in Dutch)

MA: English-taught track in Multimodal Communication within CIW


Selection: Russian Science Foundation (2014-16, 2017-18);
PhD candidates via China Scholarship Council (2015-19, 2014-15, 2012-16);
Cinepoetics, FU Berlin (2016);
Netherlands Science Foundation/NWO (2012-16);
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2009-10);
German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD (2006)

Ancillary activities

Part-time professor and director,
Multimodal Communication and Cognition Lab ("Polimod"),
Moscow State Linguistic University, Russian Federation

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Education / Academic qualification

Master, Brown University

PhD, Brown University

Bachelor, Hamilton College

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Research Output 1987 2017

Analysing metaphor in gesture: A set of metaphor identification guidelines for gesture (MIG-G)

Cienki, A. 2017 The Routledge handbook of metaphor and language. Semino, E. & Demjén, Z. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 131-147

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Gesture and pragmatics: From paralinguistic to variably linguistic

Cienki, A. 2017 The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics. Barron, A., Steen, G. & Gu, Y. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 61-68

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Grammatical aspect and gestural movement quality in Russian narrative discourse

Cienki, A., Iriskhanova, O. & Denisova, V. 2017 Each Venture a New Beginning: Studies in Honor of Laura A. Janda. Makarova, A., Dickey, S. M. & Divjak, D. (eds.). Bloomington, IN: Slavica, p. 99-112

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Ten Lectures on Spoken Language and Gesture from the Perspective of Cognitive Linguistics: Issues of Dynamicity and Multimodality

Cienki, A. J. 2017 Leiden: Brill. 215 p. (Distinguished Lectures in Cognitive Linguistics; vol. 17)

Research output: ScientificBook