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Cienki, A.

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Alan Cienki

Alan Cienki, born in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA, in 1959. Ph.D. from Brown University, Providence. Assistant Professor of Language and Communication at VU University Amsterdam.

Fellow (1 September 2009 - 30 June 2010)

GESTURE AND COGNITIVE LINGUISTICS

During my NIAS fellowship I focused on the growing interrelations between research in cognitive linguistics and in gesture studies. Aspects of this topic formed the basis for five chapters that I contributed to various edited volumes as well as for six lectures that I was invited to give during the academic year. I also laid the groundwork for a book that proposes a model of language as a prototype category with a flexible boundary, accounting for how co-verbal behaviours can gain the status of linguistic signs to differing degrees according to factors such as context, scope of attention, and discourse genre. I cooperated with several international networks in developing four grant proposals for gesture research projects, and co-organised a conference on metaphor studies which we hosted in Amsterdam. Work as associate editor of a journal and as co-editor of two forthcoming volumes along with research projects on political discourse rounded off the year.



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