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Alan Cienki is Professor of English Linguistics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands) where he directs the PhD research group in Language Use and Cognition and the MA program in Multimodal Communication. He also holds an appointment as Professor and Director of the Multimodal Communication and Cognition Lab (PoliMod) at Moscow State Linguistic University (Russian Federation). His research is based in cognitive linguistics and concerns semantic and grammatical categories studied in relation to speakers’ use of gesture.