Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998
    PhD/Doctorate in General Linguistics, Lund University

  • 1999
    Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics, Lund University; Humanities and Social Sciences, Kristianstad University, Sweden

  • 2000 – 2002
    Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands

  • 2003 – 2008
    Senior staff member and Head of the independent research group The Dynamics of Multilingual Processing, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands (with P. Indefrey)

  • 2003 – 2004
    and 2006 – 2007, Guest Lecturer, Dept. of English, Mannheim University, Germany

  • 2008 – 2010
    Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands

  • 2008 – 2010
    Senior lecturer in Linguistics and English, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands

  • 2009
    Qualification de Professeur des Universités en Sciences du Langage, Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, France; [Qualification University Professor in Language Sciences; Ministry of Higher Education and Research]

  • 2010
    Full Professor of Linguistics, Lund University (Directly Appointed Professor by the Vice-Chancellor [Kallad Professor])

  • 2010
    Director of Lund University Humanities Lab (=head of dept. of autonomous unit)

Selected publications

  • Alferink, I. & Gullberg, M. (2014). French-Dutch bilinguals do not maintain obligatory semantic distinctions: Evidence from placement verbs. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17, 22-37.

  • Brown, A. & Gullberg, M. (2008). Bidirectional crosslinguistic influence in L1-L2 encoding of manner in speech and gesture. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 30, 225-251.

  • Gullberg, M. (2006). Handling discourse: Gestures, reference tracking, and communication strategies in early L2. Language Learning, 56, 155-196.

  • Gullberg, M. & Holmqvist, K. (2006). What speakers do and what addressees look at: Visual attention to gestures in human interaction live and on video. Pragmatics & Cognition, 14, 53-82.

  • Gullberg, M. & Indefrey, P. (2006). (Eds.) The cognitive neuroscience of second language acquisition. London: Blackwell.

  • Gullberg, M. & Kita, S. (2009). Attention to speech-accompanying gestures: Eye movements and information uptake. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 33, 251-277.

  • Narasimhan, B. & Gullberg, M. (2011). The role of input frequency and semantic transparency in the acquisition of verb meaning: Evidence from placement verbs in Tamil and Dutch. Journal of Child Language, 38, 504-532.

  • Veroude, K., Norris, D. G., Shumskaya, E., Gullberg, M. & Indefrey, P. (2010). Functional connectivity between brain regions involved in learning words of a new language. Brain and Language, 113, 21-27.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Embodied bilingualism (Wallenberg Scholar grant), Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, since 2013

  • Swedish word order processing in second language learners and native speakers: A psycholinguistic and neurocognitive approach. Swedish Research Council, 2011 – 2014

  • Culture, brain, learning (Wallenberg Network Initiative). Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, 2011 – 2016

  • Multilingualism through the lifespan: The effects of first exposure to an unknown language. Swiss National Science Foundation, 2011 – 2014

  • The Dynamics of Multilingual Processing. Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (with P. Indefrey), 2003 – 2008

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Alternate Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Committee for Research Infrastructure, The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, since 2014

  • Member of the Royal Society of Letters in Lund, since 2014

  • Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Since 2014

  • Member of the Governing Board of The Birgit Rausing Language Programme, Lund University, 2013 – 2015

  • Member of the Scientific Board Volkswagenstiftung Freigeist Fellowships, since 2013

  • Member of the Royal Swedish Physiographic Society in Lund, 2011

  • Member of the Board of the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University, 2010 – 2016

  • Journal Editor (current) Language Learning (Wiley-Blackwell; Associate editor); Language, Interaction and Acquisition (Benjamins; Associate editor); Gesture (Benjamins; Information editor)

  • Co-founder and Coordinator of the Nijmegen Gesture Centre (with A. Özyürek), 2003 – 2009

  • Vice-president of the European Second Language Association (Eurosla), 2003 – 2007. At the end of term, Co-opted Member of the Executive Committee, 2007 – 2011.

  • Member of Scientific Advisory Boards: Digital Humanities Lab Denmark, Aarhus University; Advanced Studies on Language Complexity, Université de Lyon; Center for multilingualism in society across the lifespan, Oslo University; Center for Language and Brain, Colgate University

Additional qualifications

  • Tool-kit Course of Cognitive Neuroscience F.C. Donders Centre of Cognitive Neuroimaging, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2003

  • Lund University leadership and management training (by nomination), 2011 – 2013


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