research projects

since June 2017. cross-linguistic study of the  cyclic gesture in English, German Persian (Farsi), together with Laura Hirrel (University of New Mexico, USA)

since May 2017. interdisciplinary study on verbo-gestural practices in second language learning, together with Jana Bressem and Uta Großmann (TU Chemnitz, Germany)

2009-2012. Post-Doc and co-leader in the interdisciplinary project Körpersprache von Bewegung und Tanz: Bedeutungsemergenz, Versprachlichung und therapeutische Nutzung (“Embodied meaning in dance and movement: emergence, languaging, therapies and education”) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Researchcoordination of the sub-project Emergence of meaning in language and gesture

2006-2010. Junior Researcher in the interdisciplinary project “Towards a grammar of gesture: evolution, brain, and linguistic structures“, funded by the VolkswagenStiftung.

  • responsible for developing a linguistic annotation system for gestures (LASG), together with Jana Bressem
  • responsible for the sub-projects Gestural modes of representation in human primates and Structures of meaning and reference: Referential gestures: how the concrete becomes abstract

organization of scientific activities and events

since February 2018. Head of the Viadrina Gesture Center.

07/2018. Panel organization “The Diversity of Recurrency: Recurrent gestures across cultures” at the 8th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies, ISGS 8, together with Jana Bressem and Simon Harrison.

11/2018. Organization of the 4th international workshop  „Mapping multimodal communication” (MaMuD 4), together with Cornelia Müller, Dorothea Horst and Lena Hotze.

07/2012. Panel organization „Gestures and their relation to speech and sign”  at the 5th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS), together with Jana Bressem and Simon Harrison.

since 01/2011. Organization of the Viadrina Gesture Center (European University Viadrina).

07/2010. Panel organization „Towards a grammar of gesture“ at the 4th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS),  together with Jana Bressem , Cornelia Müller, Susanne Tag, and Sedinha Teßendorf.

04/2009 – 11/2010. Head of local committee organizing the 4th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS) in Frankfurt (Oder), „Gesture, evolution, brain and linguistic structures“ (25.-30.07.2010), with Jana Bressem.

10/2007. Organization of the workshop „Methods of Gesture Analysis I and II“, Frankfurt (Oder), together with Jana Bressem  and Cornelia Müller.

04/2007 – 09/2009. Organization of the BGC colloquium (Berlin Gesture Center).


research interests

interactional linguistics, gesture studies, cognitive semantics, functional and cognitive grammar, multimodality of language, temporality and dynamics of meaning creation, embodiment, gesture-sign interface, cross-cultural comparison of gestures