Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Penelope Brown, PhD

Max Planck Institute Nijmegen

Main Research Interests

Academic Background

since 2010 Visiting scholar, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
2009-2010 Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin
1991-2009 Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
1990-1991 Lecturer, Freie Universität, Berlin
1980-1982 Research Fellow, ASPacS, Australian National University, Canberra
1979 Ph.D in Linguistic Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Recent Publications

Brown, P. (in press). Gesture, gaze and the body in interaction in Mayan cultures. In: Handbook on Body, language and communication (BLC), Vol. 2, Ch IX. Culture-specific forms, repertoires, and practices. Section 140: America - Central, native cultures (Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Maya). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Brown, P., Pfeiler, B., de León, L. & Pye, C. (2013). The acquisition of agreement in four Mayan languages. In Bavin, E. & Stoll, S. (Eds.), The acquisition of ergative structures. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Brown, P. (2012). Time and space in Tzeltal: Is the future uphill? Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 212.

Brown, P. (2011). Language socialization and the cultural organization of attention. In: A. Duranti, E. Ochs, & Schieffelin, B.B. (Eds.) Handbook of Language Socialization. Blackwells.

Brown, P. (2011). Color me bitter: Cross-modal compounding in Tzeltal perception words. In: Majid, A. & Levinson, S.C. (Eds.) The senses in language and culture [Special Issue] Senses and Society 6:1: pp 106-116.

Brown, P. & Levinson, S.C. (2009). Language as mind tools: Learning how to think through speaking. In: Guo, J., Lieven, E., Budwig, N., Ervin-Tripp, S., Nakamura, K. & Ozcaliskan, S. (Eds.) Crosslinguistic Approaches to the Psychology of Language: Research in the Traditions of Dan Slobin, pp. 451-464. Mahweh NJ: Erlbaum.

Rossano, F., P. Brown, & Levinson, S.C. (2009). Gaze, questioning, and culture. In: J. Sidnell (Ed.) Comparative studies in conversation analysis, pp.187-249. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Stivers, T., Enfield, N. J., Brown, P., Englert, C., Hayashi, M., Heinemann, T., Hoymann, G., Rossano, F., de Ruiter, J.-P., Yoon, K.-E., & Levinson, S.C. (2009). Universals and cultural variation in turn taking in conversation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106(26):10587-10592.

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