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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 (


Education/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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event Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
stimulus Social Sciences
video Social Sciences
semantics Social Sciences
segmentation Social Sciences
causality Social Sciences
mediation Social Sciences

Research Output 2016 2019

The link between mimetic words and iconic gestures in Chinese child language

Niu, C. & Cienki, A., Aug 2019.

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstractAcademic

A corpus-based study on the development of constructions in Chinese child language

Niu, C., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to ConferenceAbstractAcademic


概念迁移下功能词的习得研究: 以“in”为例

Niu, C., 2016, In : 大学英语(College English). p. 52-58

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National Inspirational Scholarship

Chenxi Niu (Recipient), 1 Sep 2011



Outstanding Graduate

Chenxi Niu (Recipient), 1 Mar 2017


Outstanding Graduate

Chenxi Niu (Recipient), 22 Jun 2014