prof. dr. Alan Cienki

  • Postvak 4.14, Faculty of Humanities, De Boelelaan 1105

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Professor of Language Use & Cognition and English Linguistics
(Hoogleraar Taalgebruik & Cognitie en Engelse Taalkunde)

Personnel Manager, English Academic Language Programme

Part-time secondment [currently on hold]:
Multimodal Communication and Cognition Lab ("Polimod"),
Moscow State Linguistic University, Russian Federation


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


BA: English Language and Communication Studies track in the Communication and Information Studies major

MA: Multimodal Communication track within Communication and Information Studies


Russian Science Foundation (2014-16, 2017-18, 2019-21)
PhD candidates via China Scholarship Council (2012-present)
Cinepoetics, FU Berlin (2016)
Netherlands Science Foundation/NWO (2012-16)
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2009-10)
German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD (2006)

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Academic qualification

PhD, Brown University

Award Date: 28 May 1988

Master, Brown University

Award Date: 3 Jun 1983

Bachelor, Hamilton College

Award Date: 29 May 1982


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Gesture Studies


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