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Asli Ozyurek

My research in general investigates the relations between meaningful bodily actions, language, cognition, and communication. I investigate this question in two domains of human communicative behavior in which body and language are closely related:

  • gestures that speakers use spontaneously
  • sign languages (established or emerging) used by deaf people

I use an interdisciplinary approach (linguistic and psychological) and a combination of methods and techniques such as linguistic analysis, comparative (developmental, cross-linguistic) and experimental methods as well as brain imaging (ERP, fMRI). See Gesture and Sign Language Lab (GSL) for more >

Latest publication

Sengas, A., Ozyurek, A., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2013). Homesign as a way-station between co-speech gesture and sign language: The evolution of segmenting and sequencing. In R. Botha, & M. Everaert (Eds.), The evolutionary emergence of language: Evidence and inference (pp. 62-77). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Latest news

Jul 2013: Zeynep Azar got a PhD project with the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Her project is titled "You know who I am talking about? Achieving subject maintenance in the multimodal discourse of Turkish and Dutch monolinguals and Turkish-Dutch bilinguals". She will be investigating discourse reference tracking in speech and gesture of monolingual Turkish, monolingual Dutch and bilingual Turkish-Dutch speakers. She will start working on this from September 2013 on.