Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Professor of Psycholinguistics, and Chair/Director of Lund University Humanities Lab. I examine acquisition and real time language use in adult L2 users and bi-/multilingual speakers, targeting semantics, discourse, and gesture production and comprehension. I headed the group The Dynamics of Multilingual Processing at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (2000-2009 w. P. Indefrey), and co-founded the Nijmegen Gesture Centre in 2003 (w. A. Özyürek), the first of its kind. I was area editor of Cognitive Second Language Acquisition in the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2012 w. J. Williams), Associate ed. of the journal Language Learning (2009-2014), Info ed. of Gesture (2000-2018), and am now Editor of Language, Interaction and Acquisition. I was Vice-President of the European Second Language Association 2000-2007, and received its Distinguished Scholar Award in 2019.


Research groups

About the research

My research targets adult second language (L2) and bilingual acquisition and processing, and also gesture production and comprehension in acquisition, drawing on multiple methods ranging from speech and gesture analysis to behavioural and neurocognitive techniques. I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics 2000-2009 where I headed the research group The Dynamics of Multilingual Processing 2003-2009 with Prof. P. Indefrey. I am also co-founder of the Nijmegen Gesture Centre with Prof. A. Özyurek, the first centre of its kind. In 2012 I was awarded one of 16 Wallenberg Scholar grants for a project dedicated to Embodied billingualism.


Books (1)
Editorships (14)
Articles (52)
Book chapters (29)
Conference contributions (14)
Working papers (7)
Reviews (1)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)
Miscellaneous (7)
Supervision at Lund University (3)

Research portal (Lund University)


Other tasks and qualifications

Director (Head of dept.) Lund University Humanities Lab

Wallenberg Scholar 2012 - Embodied Bilingualism

Non-resident Long-term Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies (SCAS)

Conference Chair EuroSLA 29, 2019

Vice-president European Second Language Association (Eurosla) 2003-2007; Co-opted Executive Board Member 1999-2002; 2008-2011

Editorship international journals
: Language, Interaction and Acquisition; Associate editor Language Learning, 2009-2014; Info editor - Gesture, 2000-2017

Prizes/distinctions: The European Second Language Association Distinguished Scholar Award 2019; The Swenson Prize in Humanities and Social Sciences 2019; The Rausing Prize in Humanities 2014
; Eva and Lars Gårding's Prize in Linguistics 2010

Boards: Board member the Strategic research area eScience:eSSENCE (Uppsala, Lund, Umeå); LUNARC Centre for Scientific and Technical Computing, Lund University

Learned societies: Member of Academia Europaea; the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities; the Royal Society of Letters in Lund
; the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund (President 2019)
; Member of Vetenskapssocieteten i Lund

Marianne Gullberg

General Linguistics
Centre for Languages and Literature

Humanities Lab

Contact information

E-mail marianne.gullbergling.luse

Phone +46 46 222 03 89

Room SOL:H508d

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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