The Iconicity Focus Group is a collective of researchers at the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics interested in the role of iconicity in language. We organize a monthly meeting which provides a platform for informal talks, debates, and discussion of published and unpublished work.

The group is led by Gerardo Ortega, Aslı Özyürek, and Mark Dingemanse. If you’d like to receive meeting announcements, email gerardo.ortega@mpi.nl to be added to the mailing list.

In July 2017 we organised a workshop on Types of iconicity in language use, development and processing. Over 90 international participants joined us in Nijmegen to present and discuss cutting edge work on iconicity. You can check out the programme, look up the invited speakers, or read the original call for papers.

Key publications

Below are some recent publications from group members:

  • Ortega, Gerardo, Beyza Sümer & Aslı Özyürek. 2016. Type of Iconicity Matters in the Vocabulary Development of Signing Children. Developmental Psychology. doi:10.1037/dev0000161.
  • Dingemanse, Mark, Damián E. Blasi, Gary Lupyan, Morten H. Christiansen & Padraic Monaghan. 2015. Arbitrariness, iconicity and systematicity in language. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 19(10). 603–615. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.07.013.
  • Özyürek, Aslı. 2014. Hearing and seeing meaning in speech and gesture: insights from brain and behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 369(1651). 20130296. doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0296.