• Postvak 4.14, Faculty of Humanities, De Boelelaan 1105

    1081 HV Amsterdam

1987 …2018
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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 http://masters.vu.nl/en/programmes/communication-information-studies-multimodal-communication/index.aspx


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

PhD, Brown University

Master, Brown University

Bachelor, Hamilton College


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Gesture Studies

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linguistics Social Sciences
multimodality Social Sciences
spoken language Social Sciences
metaphor Social Sciences
semiotics Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
video Social Sciences

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Research Output 1987 2018

Boundary expression in verbs and gesture: Differences between L1 and L2 speakers

Denisova, V. A., Cienki, A. & Iriskhanova, O. K., Jun 2018, In : Computational Linguistics and Intellectual Technologies. 17, p. 163-171

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
hypothesis testing

Multimodality of Constructions in Construction Grammars: Transitivity, transitivity alternations, and the dative alternation

Wu, S., 2018, 206 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

The semiotics of gestures in cognitive linguistics: Contribution and challenges

Iriskhanova, O. K. & Cienki, A., Oct 2018, In : Voprosy Kognitivnoy Lingvistiki. 2018, 4, p. 25-36 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cognitive Linguistics

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: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

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: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2002 2017

Metaphor in speech and gesture: Perspectives from cognitive linguistics

Cienki, A. J. (Invited speaker)
11 Jan 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Simultaneous and sequential alignment of speech and gesture in conversation

Cienki, A. J. (Invited speaker)
23 Sep 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Qualities of event construal in speech and gesture: Aspect and tense

Cienki, A. J. (Keynote speaker)
20 May 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Towards a multimodal construction grammar

Cienki, A. J. (Participant)
10 Mar 201612 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic