• 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

Ancillary activities

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Education/Academic qualification

Master, Brown University

PhD, 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
discourse Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
video Social Sciences
language behavior 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 journalArticle

Open Access
hypothesis testing

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

Wu, S. 2018 206 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Open Access

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 proceedingChapter

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 proceedingChapter

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2002 2017

Simultaneous and sequential alignment of speech and gesture in conversation

Cienki, A. (Invited speaker)
23 Sep 2016

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Getting a grip on speech and gesture in second language acquisition

Cienki, A. (Examiner)
2 Dec 2016

Activity: PhD thesis examination

Brill (Publisher)

Cienki, A. (Member of editorial board)
2016 → …

Activity: ScientificEditorial work

11th Conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RAAM11)

Cienki, A. (Member of programme committee)
1 Jul 2016

Activity: ScientificConference