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Marianne Gullberg

Non-resident Long-term Fellow for Programmes in Languages and Cognitive Science, SCAS.
Professor of Psycholinguistics, and Chair/Director, the Humanities Lab, Lund University

Marianne Gullberg received her PhD in General Linguistics from Lund University in 1998. Following
a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, (2000-02),
she went on to head the group The Dynamics of Multilingual Processing (with P. Indefrey) (2003-09)
at the same institute, as well as to co-found the Nijmegen Gesture Centre (w. A. Özyürek), the first
such centre of its kind. In 2010, she took the position as Professor of Psycholinguistics at Lund Uni-
versity and Head of Department/Director of Lund University Humanities Lab, an interdisciplinary
research infrastructure.

Gullberg’s research examines language acquisition and real-time language use in adult second language
users and bi-/multilingual speakers, targeting semantics, discourse, and gesture production and com-
prehension. Although based in linguistics, her work is inherently interdisciplinary; she probes these issues
using a variety of methods ranging from multimodal analyses and corpus linguistics to neurocognitive
methods. She currently holds a Wallenberg Scholar grant for a project entitled Embodied Bilingualism,
in which she investigates how language learners and native speakers process multimodal multilingual
language use, both in language production and in perception.

Gullberg has published numerous journal articles on these topics. Her publications also include several
special issues of journals and volumes such as Gestures and Second Language Acquisition (IRAL, Mouton,
2006), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Second Language Acquisition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006), Gestures
in Language Development
(Benjamins, 2010), The Earliest Stages of Language Learning (Wiley-Blackwell,
2010), From Gesture in Conversation to Visible Action as Utterance (Benjamins, 2014), and Visual Language
(Frontiers, 2019). She was area editor of Cognitive Second Language Acquisition in the Encyclopedia of
Applied Linguistics
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), associate editor of Language Learning (2009-14), and is
currently editor of Language, Interaction, and Acquisition.

Gullberg is a member of Academia Europaea, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal
Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. In 2019, she received the European Second Language
Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award.


This information is accurate as of the academic year 2020-21.