Research projects

since 2016: Multimodal ambiguity (habilitation project)

since Mai 2017: interdisciplinary study on multimodal practices in second language learning, together with Silva Ladewig (European-University Viadrina) and Uta Großmann (TU Chemnitz).

since January 2015: cross-linguistic comparison of verbo-gestural negation in Savosavo and German, together with Claudia Wegener (Universität zu Köln)

2016 – 2018: Hands and Objects in Language, Culture, and Technology: Manual Actions at Workplaces between Robotics, Gesture, and Product Design (MANUACT)

project coordinator, Research project on the relation between cognition, object use and culture  read more

final exhibition of the research project: special exhibition “Gestures – in the past, present, and future” (17 November 2017 to 4 March 2018) at the Saxon Museum of Industry.

January 2013 to March 2014: Recurrent gestures in Savosavo

project leader, project on recurrent gestures in Savosavo, a non-austronesian (Papua) language together Claudia Wegener (Universität zu Köln) read more

since 2017: Research training group 1808 “Ambiguität: Produktion und Rezeption”

cooperation partner, read more

CLARIN D: Discipline-specific Working Group 6: Speech and Other Modalities

cooperation partner, interdisciplinary working group on multimodal corpora read more

Public scientific events and activities

Special exhibition “Gestures – past, present, future”


In Germany, a thumbs-up signals appreciation or agreement, with our hands, we imitate objects and how we interact with them. Our hands accompany our words and are a crucial part of everyday communication. In an increasingly technologized world, gestures revolutionize how we deal with vehicles, computers, household devices and games consoles. The exhibition “Gestures – past, present, future” showcases the dynamic world of gestures and its diverse references to current cultural and technical developments and processes of change.

Berliner Museum für Kommunikation (11. April 2019 – 01. September 2019)

Sächsisches Industriemuseum Chemnitz (17. November bis 04. März 2018)

A scientific cooperation between the Technical University Chemnitz (, the Ars Electronica Futurelab (Linz) and the Saxon Museum of Industry. 

Organization of scientific activities and events

14. to 16. Februar 2018: “Hände, Dinge, Gesten” – scientific symposium on the special exhibition “Gestures – in the past, present, and future” at the Saxon Museum of Industry. (together with Ellen Fricke)

Winter term 2015/2016: lecture series “Mit den Händen sprechen” at the Staatlichen Museum für Archäologie Chemnitz (smac) (together with Ellen Fricke).

July 2012: organization of theme session „Gestures and their relation to speech and sign” at the 5. conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS) (together with Silva Ladewig and Simon Harrison)

July 2010: organization of theme session „Towards a grammar of gesture“ at the 4th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS) (together with Silva Ladewig, Cornelia Müller, Susanne Tag and Sedinha Teßendorf).

April 2009 to November 2010: Organization the 4th conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS 4) (Frankfurt/Oder, Deutschland, July 2010)

Oktober 2007: Organization of the workshop „Methods of Gesture Analysis I“, Frankfurt (Oder) (together with Silva Ladewig and Cornelia Müller).

Member of editorial boards

Linguistik online

Refereeing for publishers and journals

Gesture, De Gruyter MoutonCognitive LinguisticsCognitive ScienceFrontiers, Journal of PragmaticsLinguistics VanguardPragmaticsSemiotica, Visual Communication

Memberships in scientific organizations

German Society of Semiotics  (member of the advisory board in the section linguistics)
German Linguistic Society
German Cognitive Linguistics Association
International Society for Gesture Studies (member of the board, public relations officer)
International Cognitive Linguistics Association

Member of the scientific committee for conferences

8. conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS 8) (Cape Town, South Africa, July 2018)

7. Conference of the Association Française de Linguistique Cognitive (Aflico) (Liege, France, Juni 2017)

7. conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies (ISGS 6) (Paris, France 2016)

4. Gesture and Speech in Interaction (GESPIN) (Nantes, France, September 2015)

5. Conference of the Association Française de Linguistique Cognitive (Aflico) (Lille, France, May 2013)