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Mats Andrén


I worked at Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University, 2005–2015, first within Linguistics and later as part of the new subject Cognitive Semiotics. Since 2012 I am a member of the board of the International Society for Gesture Studies. My current position at Linköping University (Child Studies) started in March 2015.

Research interests

My interests concern children's communication, socialization, and development, with particular focus on the role of the body. My PhD thesis (Andrén 2010) was an investigation of children's gestures from 18 to 30 months: What sorts of gestures are children in these ages using? How are they used together with speech? How does this change over time?

Current research

Communicating emotions, embodying morality: A sociocultural perspective on affective and moral socialization in families and in early education. Principal investigator: Asta Cekaite.

Further information

Further information is available at my personal research homepage.


children; communication; socialization; language; gesture


PhD thesis

Andrén, Mats (2010). Children's Gestures from 18 to 30 months. PhD thesis. Lund University: Centre for Languages and Literature.

Aricles and book chapters

Andrén, Mats (accepted). Multimodal constructions in children: Is the headshake part of language? Gesture.
Andrén, Mats (accepted). Att beskriva gester och handlingar. ("To describe gestures and actions."). In: Holsanova, Jana, Andrén, Mats & Cecilia Wadensjö (Eds.). Syntolkning — Forskning och Praktik. ("Audio Description for the Blind — Research and Practices"). Lund: Lund University Cognitive Studies (LUCS).
Andrén, Mats (2014). On the lower limit of gesture. In: Seyfeddinipur, Mandana and Gullberg, Marianne (Eds.), From Gesture in Conversation to Visible Action as Utterance: Essays in honor of Adam Kendon. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 153–174.
Andrén, Mats (2014). Children's Gestures in Sweden. In: Cornelia Müller, Alan Cienki, Ellen Fricke, Silva H. Ladewig, David McNeill and Jana Bressem (Eds.), Body – Language – Communication: An International Handbook on Multimodality in Human Interaction. (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science 38.2.) Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, pp.1282–1289.
Andrén, Mats (2014). Book Review: Gesture and multimodal development: John Benjamins (2012). First Language, 34(3), 292–295.
Andrén, Mats (2012). The social world within reach: Intersubjective manifestations of action completion. Journal of Cognitive Semiotics, 4(1), 139–166.
Andrén, Mats (2011). The organization of children’s pointing stroke endpoints. In: Gale Stam & Mika Ishino (Eds.), Integrating Gestures: The interdisciplinary nature of gesture. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 153-162.
Andrén, Mats, Sanne, Johan & Linell, Per (2010). Striking the balance between formality and informality in safety-critical communication: Train traffic control calls. Journal of Pragmatics, 42(1), 220–241.
Zlatev, Jordan & Andrén, Mats (2009). Stages and transitions in children’s semiotic development. In: Jordan Zlatev, Mats Andrén, Carita Lundmark & Marlene Johansson Falck (Eds.), Studies in Language and Cognition. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 380–401.
Zlatev, Jordan, Andrén, Mats, Johansson Falck, Marlene & Lundmark, Marlene (2009). Bringing language and cognition back together again. In: Jordan Zlatev, Mats Andrén, Carita Lundmark & Marlene Johansson Falck (Eds.), Studies in Language and Cognition. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 1–15.
Zlatev, Jordan, Brinck, Ingar & Andrén, Mats (2008). Stages in the Development of Perceptual Intersubjectivity. In: Francesca Morganti, Antonella Carassa & Giuseppe Riva (Eds.), Enacting Intersubjectivity: A cognitive and social perspective to the study of interactions. Amsterdam: IOS Press, pp. 117–132.

Editor of books

Holsanova, Jana, Andrén, Mats & Cecilia Wadensjö (Eds.) (in preparation). Syntolkning — Forskning och Praktik. Lund: Lund University Cognitive Studies (LUCS).
Johansson, Victoria, Carling, Gerd, Holmer, Arthur, et al. (2013). Språket, människan och världen. Lund: Studentlitteratur. I served as editor of Chapter 4: Att lära sig språk ("To learn language")
Zlatev, Jordan, Andrén, Mats, Lundmark, Carita & Johansson Falck, Marlene (Eds.) (2009). Studies in Language and Cognition. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Senior lecturer

Telephone: 013-28 69 65
Fax: 013-28 29 00

E-mail: mats.andren@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Child Studies
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping


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