SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur

MA (Berlin) PhD (Nijmegen)
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Mandana Seyfeddinipur
SOAS World Languages Institute


Endangered Languages Archive

Head of ELAR

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Senior Research Fellow

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Iranian Studies


Multilingualism and Language Learning


Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur
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Mandana Seyfeddinipur was educated at the Freie Universitaet, Berlin, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and at Stanford University. At SOAS she directs the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, which provides around £1,000 000 annually for the documentation of endangered languages across the globe since 2010. Since 2014 she is also directing ELAR, the Endangered Languages Archive.

She teaches courses and classes on the visual mode of language, the use of video in language documentation and fieldwork, ELAN annotation, psychology of language, and language use. Her main research interests are language documentation, cultural and linguistic diversity in language use, video in language documentation, and multimodality with a focus on gesture, visual mode of language, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, and language production. 



Authored Books

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana (2006) Disfluency: Interrupting speech and gesture. Nijmegen: MPI-Series in Psycholinguistics.


Seyfeddinipur, Mandana (2016) 'Language documentation in Africa: Turning the tables'. Language Documentation and Conservation. [Forthcoming]

Barr, Dale and Seyfeddinipur, Mandana (2010) 'The role of fillers in listener attributions for speaker disfluency'. Language and Cognitive Processes, (25), pp 441-455.

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana and Kita, Sotaro and Indefrey, Peter (2008) 'How speakers interrupt themselves in managing problems in speaking: Evidence from self-repairs'. Cognition, (108) 3, pp 837-842.

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana and Kita, Sotaro (2003) 'Gestures and speech disfluencies'. Proceedings of the 27th Conference of the Berkeley Linguistic Society, (BLS) Berkeley, February 2001.

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana and Kita, Sotaro (2001) 'Gesture as an indicator of early error detection in self-monitoring of speech'. Proceedings of the ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) Tutorial and Research Workshop. DiSS’01:Disfluency in spontaneous speech’ University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edited Books or Journals

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana, (ed.), (2016) New trends in African Language Documentation. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. (Language Documentation and Conservation). [Forthcoming]

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana and Gullberg, Marianne, (eds.), (2014) From gesture in conversation to visible action as utterance. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Book Chapters

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana and Gullberg, Marianne (2014) 'Introduction to visible action as utterance'. In: Seyfeddinipur, Mandana, (ed.), From gesture in conversation to visible action as utterance. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp 1-12.

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana (2011) 'Reasons for Documenting Gestures and Suggestions for How to Go About It'. In: Thieberger, Nicholas, (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Fieldwork. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana (2004) 'Meta-discursive gestures from Iran: Some uses of the ‘Pistolhand’'. In: Mueller, Cornelia and Posner, Roland, (eds.), The Semantics and Pragmatics of Everyday Gestures: Proceedings of the Berlin Conference April 1998. Berlin: Weidler Verlag.

Seyfeddinipur, Mandana and Kita, Sotaro (2001) 'Gestures and repairs in speech'. In: Cavé, Christian and Guaïtella, Isabella and Santi, Serge, (eds.), Oralité et Gestualité. Interactions et comportements multimodaux dans la communication. Actes du colloque ORAGE 2001. Paris: l'Harmattan, pp 266-279.


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