Short CV/Education and training

  • 2022
    Director of Swedish national research infrastructure HUMINFRA

  • 2012
    Wallenberg Scholar

  • 2010
    Director of Lund University Humanities Lab (= Head of Department of autonomous unit)

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

  • 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]

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

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

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

  • 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)

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

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

  • 1998
    PhD/Doctorate in General Linguistics, Lund University

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.

  • Andersson, A., Sayehli, S., & Gullberg, M. (2018). Language background affects word order processing in a second language online but not offline. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition.

  • 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.

  • Graziano, M. & Gullberg, M. (2018). When speech stops, gesture stops: Evidence from developmental and crosslinguistic comparisons. Frontiers in Psychology (01 June, 2018). Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00879.

  • 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.

  • Parafita Couto, M. C. & Gullberg, M. (2017) Code-switching within the noun phrase – Evidence from three corpora. International Journal of Bilingualism. Doi:10.1177/1367006917729543.

  • 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

  • THE LANG-TRACK-APP: Studying exposure to and use of a new language using smartphone technology, Marcus & Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, 2019 – 2021

  • Embodied bilingualism (Wallenberg Scholar grant), Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, 2013 – 2017; Marcus & Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, 2018 – 2022

  • Unravelling the multilingual mind (Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education), with Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2017 – 2021

  • 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

  • Member of the Presidium of the Royal Physiographic Society, Lund, SE, 2018 – 2021

  • President of the Royal Physiographic Society, Lund, SE, 2019

  • Member of the Board of Directors and member of the Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities, the Wenner-Gren Foundations, SE, since 2018

  • Alternate Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Committee for Research Infrastructure, The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, 2014 – 2018

  • Member of the Governing Board of The Birgit Rausing Language Programme, Lund University, 2013 – 2022

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

  • Member of the Executive Board of the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University, 2010 – 2019

  • Journal Editor Language Learning (2009 – 2014; Wiley-Blackwell; Associate editor); Language, Interaction and Acquisition (since 2008; Benjamins; Editor); Gesture (2000 – 2017; Benjamins; Information editor), Frontiers in Psychology (since 2020; Associate 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 (selection)

  • Language in Interaction, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistcs and Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, the Netherlands

  • Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften, University of Basel

  • 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

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

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


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