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Chris Sinha is Honorary Professor at the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia.  He gained his BA in Developmental Psychology at the University of Sussex and his doctorate cum laude at the University of Utrecht. Chris has taught in Departments of Education, Psychology, and Language and Communication, in Brazil, China, Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, India, and Sweden, including three positions at Faculty full professor rank. He held the position of Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, 2002-2005. He is an experienced lecturer at international conferences and workshops (including 50 keynote and plenary lectures at international conferences), and he has taught at many graduate and research schools. He is Past President of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association and of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association; Founding General Editor (2009-2016) of the journal Language and Cognition; and a current member of four international journal editorial boards and four book series editorial boards. He was organizer in 2004 of the First International Conference on Language Culture and Mind, and again the 7th edition in 2016, and continues as a member of the scientific committee of this biannual conference.

Chris Sinha's central research interest is in the relations between language, cognition and culture, and a main aim of his research is to integrate cognitive with socio-cultural approaches to language, communication and human development. He is experienced in field experimental and observational methods. He has authored 3 monographs and 150+ articles, and edited 5 volumes, in disciplines including anthropology, linguistics, education, evolutionary biology, connection science, as well as developmental and cultural psychology. Chris Sinha was research leader of a project 2015-2019 researching and documenting minority languages and cultures of Hunan Province, China. He was coordinator of the Language Acquisition and Cognition Network, funded by the Danish Research Council for the Humanities (1997-2001); Principal Investigator of the project "Cognition, Culture and Typology in Language Acquisition and Evolution", funded under the European Science Foundation EUROCORES Research Programme Origin of Man, Language and Languages (2002-2005); and University of Portsmouth Partner Leader for the project 'Stages in the Development and Evolution of Sign Use' (SEDSU), funded by the European Union under the 6th Framework PATHFINDER initiative 'What it Means to Be Human' (2005-2008). He was the main proposer for the ESF EUROCORES Programme “Understanding and Misunderstanding: Cognition, Communication and Culture”.

Chris Sinha is Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution - Nathalie Gontier; Andy Lock; Chris Sinha - Oxford University Press (oup.com) (hard copy available  12 February 2024).

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