prof. dr. Alan Cienki

  • Postvak 4.14, Faculty of Humanities, De Boelelaan 1105

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Professor of English Linguistics
(Hoogleraar Engelse taalkunde)

Academic Director, Academic Language Programme

Part-time secondment: professor and director,
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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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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