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Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown

Associate Professor


Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
323C HB Crouse Hall


Linguistic Studies
Modern Foreign Languages


  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, Boston University, USA / Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands (2007)
  • M.A., English Language Teaching, University of Essex, UK (1997)
  • B.A., Economic and Social History, York University, UK (1992)

Social/Academic Links

Courses Taught

  • LIN 321/621 Introduction to Methods for Language Teaching (TESOL/FLT)
  • LIN 422/622 Advanced Methods for Language Teaching (TESOL/FLT)
  • LIN 392/692 Second Language Acquisition
  • LIN 400/600 Special Topics: Research Design in Linguistics / Community-based TESOL
  • ENL 620 Advanced Oral Communication in Teaching
  • URP 450 / LIN 490/690 Interactions Between First and Second Languages
Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Brown’s research broadly deals with how languages interact within the multilingual mind. She is currently focusing on whether and how a fully-developed adult first language system is affected by acquisition of a second language. In addition to traditional analyses of speech production, she conducts analyses of co-speech hand gestures to address this question. Her work is published in journals related to second language acquisition, language and cognition, language and gesture, and language assessment. She is the general advisor in the Interdisciplinary MA Program in Linguistic Studies and concentration advisor for the Language Teaching (TESOL/FLT) concentration. She is the founding co-ordinator of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Language Teaching: TESOL/TLOTE, and teaches core classes in second language teaching and learning.

Lab Affiliations
  • Director Linguistic Studies Program (2021-present)
  • Associate Professor, Linguistics, Syracuse University (2014-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Linguistics, Syracuse University (2007-2014)
  • Senior Lecturer, Center for English Language and Orientation Programs, Boston University (1999-2007)
  • Instructor, British Council, Ecuador (1997-1999)
Book Chapters

  • Brown, A., Bulman, G., Habib, R., Ticio Quesada, M. E., Giannini, S. (2023). Developing a CLAC program: Evolving perspectives from students, faculty, and administrators. In I. C. Plough & W. Tamboura (Eds), Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum in Higher Education: Harnessing the Transformative Potentials of CLAC across Disciplines, pp. 39-55. Routledge.
  • Brown, A. (2022). Investigating gesture in non-naturalistic, scripted contexts. In G. Stam & K. Urbanski. (Eds). Gesture and Multimodality in Second Language Teaching and Learning: A Research Guide, pp. 124-146. Routledge Second Language Acquisition Research Series.
  • Brown, A., Lally, R. & Lisnyczyj, L. (2022) Multilingual versus monolingual classroom practices in English for academic purposes: Learning outcomes, student attitudes, and instructor observations. In C. Bardel, C. Hedman, K. Rejman, & E. Zetterholm. (eds.). Exploring Language Education. Global and Local Perspectives, pp. 393-402. Stockholm University Press. Available at:
  • Brown, A. & Bhatia, T. K. (2021). Chapter 37: Testing Bi/Multilinguals. In P. Winke & T. Brunfaut (Eds). The Routledge Handbook of SLA and Language Testing, pp. 393-402. Routledge: NYC.
  • Brown, A. (2016). Chapter 13: Gestures. In V. Cook & L. Wei (eds). Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Multicompetence, pp. 276-297. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.
  • Cavicchio, F., Brown, A., Furman, R., Allen, S., Özyürek, A., Ishizuka, T., & Kita, S. (2014). Annotation of space and manner/path configuration in bilinguals' speech and manual gestures. Proceedings of Lrec 2014 - Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 25-28.
  • Brown, A. (2010). Gesture viewpoint in Japanese and English: Cross-linguistic interactions between two languages in one speaker. In M. Gullberg & K. de Bot (eds), Gestures in Language Development. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 113-134. [Reprint of Brown, 2008, Gesture]
  • Özyürek, A., Kita, S., Allen, S., Furman, R., Brown, A. (2007). How does linguistic framing influence co-speech gestures? Insights from crosslinguistic differences and similarities. In K. Liebal, C. Mueller, S. Pika (eds.) Gestural communication in nonhuman and human primates, pp. 199-219. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Rohlfing, K. J., Loehr, D., Duncan, S., Brown, A., Franklin, A., Kimbara, I., Milde, J., Parrill, F., Rose, T., Schmidt, T., Sloetjes, H., Thies, A. & Wellinghoff, S. (2006). Comparison of multimodal annotation tools: A workshop report. Gesprächsforschung, 7:99-123.
  • Brown, A., Özyürek, A., Allen, S., Kita, S., Ishizuka, T., Furman, R. (2005). Does event structure influence children's motion event expressions? Online Proceedings Supplement of the 29th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Available at:
  • Allen, S., Özyürek, A., Kita, S., Brown, A., Turanli, R., Ishizuka, T. (2003). Early speech about manner and path in Turkish and English: Universal or language-specific? In Beachley, B., et al. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cambridge, MA. Cascadilla Press.
Recent Journal Articles

  • Brown, A., Bennett, C., Bulman, G., Giannini, S., Habib, R., & Ticio Quesada, M. E. (2022). Machine translation: An enduring chasm between language students and teachers. CALR Linguistics Journal, 12. Available at:
  • Brown, A. (2021). Monolingual versus multilingual FLT: French and Arabic at beginning levels. Language Teaching Research. Online FirstView:
  • Brown, A. (2021). Professional identity development by language background in a multi-lingual/cultural co-teaching TESOL practicum. The English Language Teacher Education and Development Journal (ELTED), 24. Available at:
  • Brown, A. & Kamiya, M. (2019). Gesture in contexts of scopal ambiguity: Negation and quantification in English. Applied Psycholinguistics, 40(5):1141-1171.
  • Brown, A. & Lally, R. (2019). Immersive versus non-immersive approaches to TESOL: A classroom-based intervention study. TESOL Quarterly, 53(3): 603-629.
  • Brown, A. & Ruiz, H. (2017). Equity and enrichment in the TESOL practicum. The ELT Journal, 71(3): 284–294
  • Brown, A. (2015). Universal development and L1-L2 convergence in bilingual construal of manner in speech and gesture in Mandarin, Japanese, and English. The Modern Language Journal, 99(1): 66-82
  • Brown, A. (2013). Multicompetence and Second Language Assessment. Language Assessment Quarterly, 10(2): 219-235.
  • Brown, A. & Chen, J. (2013). Construal of Manner in Speech and Gesture in Mandarin, English, and Japanese. Cognitive Linguistics, 23(4): 605-631.
  • Brown, A. & Gullberg, M. (2013). L1-L2 Convergence in Clausal Packaging in Japanese and English. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(3): 477-494.
  • Brown, A. & Gullberg, M. (2012). Multicompetence and native speaker variation in clausal packaging in Japanese. Second Language Research, 28(4): 415-442.
  • Brown, A. & Gullberg, M. (2011). Bidirectional cross-linguistic influence in event conceptualization? Expressions of Path among Japanese learners of English. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 14(1): 79-94.
  • Brown, A. & Gullberg, M. (2010). Changes in encoding of path of motion after acquisition of a second language. Cognitive Linguistics, 21(2): 263-286.
  • Brown, A. (2008). Gesture viewpoint in Japanese and English: Cross-linguistic interactions between two languages in one speaker. Gesture, 8(2): 256-276.
  • Brown, A. & Gullberg, M. (2008). Bidirectional Crosslinguistic Influence in L1- L2 Encoding of Manner in Speech and Gesture: A Study of Japanese Speakers of English. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 30(2): 225-251.
  • Özyürek, A., Kita, S., Allen, S., Furman, R., Brown, A., & Ishizuka, T. (2008). Development of cross-linguistic variation in speech and gesture: Motion event expressions in English and Turkish. Developmental Psychology, 44(4): 1040- 1054.
  • Allen, S., Özyürek, A., Kita, S., Brown, A., Furman, R., & Ishizuka, T. (2007). Language-specific and universal influences in children’s syntactic packaging of Manner and Path: A comparison of English, Japanese and Turkish. Cognition, 102(1): 16-48.
  • Kita, S., Özyürek, A., Allen, S., Brown, A., Furman, R., & Ishizuka, T (2007). Relations between syntactic encoding and co-speech gestures: Implications for a model of speech and gesture production. Language and Cognitive Processes, 22(8): 1212-1236.
Grant Funds Field Research in Japan

(March 2, 2020)

Team will examine how that nation is preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

University Shines at Statewide TESOL Conference

(Nov. 15, 2016)

Conference returns to Syracuse for first time in 12 years, exceeds expectations