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Full Professor of German Linguistics, Semiotics and Multimodal Communication at the Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.

Co-founder of the Berlin Gesture Center and founder of the „Arbeitsstelle Gestenforschung und Sprechwissenschaft“ in Chemnitz.

Member of the executive board of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Semiotik” (DGS) and co-editor of the “Zeitschrift für Semiotik / Journal of Semiotics”.

Co-editor of the two-volume handbook “Body – Language – Communication”, published by Mouton de Gruyter as part of the HSK (Handbooks on Language and Communication Sciences) series.

Research foci: Multimodal grammar; pragmatics; gesture and multimodal interaction; embodiment; language and cognition; language theory; semiotics and media theory; image-text relations; deixis and spatial cognition; gestures and human-machine interfaces.