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    I'm intrigued by the relationship between language and cognition. I examine whether the structure of a language affects its speakers' perceptions and cognition. Keen on the idea that language is essentially multimodal (i.e. both speech and speech-accompanying gestures are effetive channels to express meaning), I adopt a multimodal perspective and compare the language development of Chinese-speaking children with that of English-speaking children.

    In addition to the first language development, I'm also enthusiastic about the second language learning. That's why I spare part of my time into language learning and teaching practices. Currently, I'm teaching Chinese to Dutch speakers, and learning Dutch as a student.

    My supervisors are Prof. Alan Cienki ( and Prof. Martine Coene (


    Academic qualification

    Applied Linguistics, Master, Beihang University

    1 Sep 20141 Mar 2017

    Foreign Languages, Bachelor, Beijing Sport University

    1 Sep 20101 Jun 2014


    • P Philology. Linguistics
    • Gesture Studies
    • Language development


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