Dr Bodo Winter

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Department of English Language and Linguistics
Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics

Contact details

Frankland Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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. 

Webpage: http://www.bodowinter.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BodoWinter


  • 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.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Winter is interested in supervising PhD research in the areas of:

Numerical cognition
Iconicity and gesture
Sensory language
Language evolution

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).


Recent publications


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


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. 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

Lupyan, G & Winter, B 2018, 'Language is more abstract than you think, or, why aren’t languages more iconic?', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0137

Winter, B, Daguna, J & Matlock, T 2018, 'Metaphor-enriched social cognition and spatial bias in the courtroom', Metaphor and the Social World, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 81-99. https://doi.org/10.1075/msw.17001.win

Woodin, G & Winter, B 2018, 'Placing Abstract Concepts in Space: Quantity, Time and Emotional Valence', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 9, 2169. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02169


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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