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Yan Gu

My research interests include multimodal communication (e.g., gestures; prosody), and bilingualism, language and cognition. I am particularly interested in metaphors and embodied cognition. For instance, in my PhD project I have investigated the cross-linguistic/cultrual differences in the spatialisation of time (gestures, signs, and eye movements).

Since 2018, I have been working on an ERC project led by Professor Gabriella Vigliocco, which explores how multimodal input cues from parents can facilitate word learning and language processing. Currently, I am working on my Dutch Rubicon project “Multimodal interaction tells the learning” funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim of the project is to characterise the cues present in multimodal interaction (speech, gesture, intonation, and eye-gaze) between caregivers and children in order to establish how these cues impact vocabulary growth. For more detail about my previous and current research, please see my personal website.

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