Bodo Winter

Colleges, School and Institutes


I began working at the University of Birmingham in 2016. I received an MA in General Linguistics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a PhD in Cognitive and Information Sciences from the University of California, Merced. I also worked as a doctoral fellow and research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig.

Research interests

My research focuses on the intersection of language and perception. In my PhD work, I utilize corpus methods to study the distributional characteristics of English sensory words such as “fragrant” and “cloying”. I have also worked extensively on such topics as metaphor, language evolution, gesture, sound symbolism and politeness. The different strands of my research are unified by a strong commitment to rigorous statistical methods and reproducible research practices.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Dr Winter is interested in supervising PhD research in the areas of:

Quantitative linguistics and statistical approaches to corpus linguistics
Iconicity and gesture
Language and perception, sensory language
Language evolution and computational modeling