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Irene Bolumar becomes a Fulbright fellow

New Fulbrighter in our lab!

Irene Bolumar has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship (co-funded by the Fundación Séneca) to develop a project related to her PhD thesis on polysemy, perception verbs and gesture at the University of Chicago. The project, which will be supervised by Professor Susan Goldin-Meadow, aims to improve our understanding of polysemy by studying how speakers behave while using perception verbs (such as touch, taste or smell), based on linguistic and gestural data. The main objective is to design an experimental study that will validate Irene’s hypotheses about the role of gesture when using polysemous constructions. This work will certainly contribute to Irene’s PhD thesis on multimodal patterns for the expression of English perception verbs. It will also allow her to prepare further projects for her postdoctoral phase, to be funded for one year after completion of her doctorate by her Fundación Séneca Fellowship. 

Irene will be a Fulbrighter at the  Department of Psychology of the University of Chicago from September 2023 to August 2024. Not only she is eager to connect with and learn from renowned gesture experts, but also to immerse in the US culture. Stay tuned for forthcoming posts about Irene’s experiences in the States!