Dr Bodo Winter
I am a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. My research uses data science-driven linguistics to study multimodal communication, including iconicity, gesture and metaphor. For my Future Leaders Fellowship, I investigate how people communicate numerical information across different communication channels.
- UKRI Future Leaders Fellow
- Editor-in-Chief, Language & Cognition (Cambridge University Press)
- PhD in Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced
- MA in General Linguistics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
I began working at the University of Birmingham in 2016. I received an MA in General Linguistics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a PhD in Cognitive and Information Sciences from the University of California, Merced. I also worked as a doctoral fellow and research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig.
I teach a range of BA and MA modules, including Language and the Mind, Psycholinguistics, Language and the Senses, Lexical Semantics and Applied Statistics for Linguists.
Dr Winter is interested in supervising PhD research in the areas of:
Iconicity and gesture
Find out more - our PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.
For my work, I use data-science driven linguistics to study the intersection of language and cognition. My book Sensory Linguistics (John Benjamins) is an in-depth analysis of English sensory adjectives — how people talk about colors, tastes, smells, and other sensory impressions. For my Future Leaders Fellowship (starting 2021), I will investigate the multimodal communication of numerical information — how people talk about numbers and use graphs and gesture to drive data-driven decisions. A unifying theme across my work is a strong commitment to open science and reproducible research practices. I’ve also written an introductory textbook on statistical modeling, Statistics for Linguists (Routledge).
Winter, B 2019, Sensory Linguistics: Language, perception and metaphor. Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research, vol. 20, John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/celcr.20
Ćwiek, A, Fuchs, S, Draxler, C, Asu, EL, Dediu, D, Hiovain, K, Kawahara, S, Koutalidis, S, Krifka, M, Lippus, P, Lupyan, G, Oh, GE, Paul, J, Petrone, C, Ridouane, R, Reiter, S, Schümchen, N, Szalontai, Á, Ünal‑Logacev, Ö, Zeller, J, Winter, B & Perlman, M 2021, 'Novel vocalizations are understood across cultures', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 10108. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-89445-4
Winter, B & Perlman, M 2021, 'Size sound symbolism in the English lexicon', Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.1646
Woodin, G, Winter, B, Perlman, M, Littlemore, J & Matlock, T 2020, ''Tiny numbers' are actually tiny: Evidence from gestures in the TV News Archive', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 11, e0242142. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0242142
Winter, B & Duffy, S 2020, 'Can co-speech gestures alone carry the mental time line?', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000836
Savino, M, Winter, B, Bosco, A & Grice, M 2020, 'Intonation does aid serial recall after all', Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 366-372. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-019-01708-4
Idemaru, K, Winter, B, Brown, L & Oh, GE 2020, 'Loudness trumps pitch in politeness judgments: evidence from Korean', Language and Speech, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 123–148. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830918824344
Winter, B & Yoshimi, J 2020, 'Metaphor and the Philosophical Implications of Embodied Mathematics', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 11, 569487, pp. 569487. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.569487
Winter, B, Duffy, S & Littlemore, J 2020, 'Power, gender, and individual differences in spatial metaphor: the role of perceptual stereotypes and language statistics', Metaphor and Symbol, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 188-205 . https://doi.org/10.1080/10926488.2020.1794319
Idemaru, K, Winter, B & Brown, L 2019, 'Cross-cultural multimodal politeness: The phonetics of Japanese deferential speech in comparison to Korean', Intercultural Pragmatics. https://doi.org/10.1515/ip-2019-0027
Roettger, T, Winter, B & Baayen, RH 2019, 'Emergent data analysis in phonetic sciences: Towards pluralism and reproducibility', Journal of Phonetics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2018.12.001
Brown, L & Winter, B 2019, 'Multimodal Indexicality in Korean: "Doing Deference" and "Performing Intimacy" through Nonverbal Behavior', Journal of Politeness Research, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 25-54. https://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2016-0042
Winter, B, Pérez-Sobrino, P & Brown, L 2019, 'The sound of soft alcohol: Crossmodal associations between interjections and liquor', PLoS ONE, vol. 14, no. 8, e0220449. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220449
Hassemer, J & Winter, B 2018, 'Decoding gestural iconicity', Cognitive Science, vol. 42, no. 8, pp. 3034-3049. https://doi.org/10.1111/cogs.12680
Winter, B 2019, Synaesthetic metaphors are neither synaesthetic nor metaphorical. in LJ Speed, C O'Meara, L San Roque & A Majid (eds), Perceptual metaphor. Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research, John Benjamins, pp. 105-126. https://doi.org/10.1075/celcr.19.06win
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