Dr. Vito Evola
Building 6070 | Room 402
Theaterplatz 14
52062 Aachen

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Dr. Vito Evola

Research interests

Language, culture and cognition; Multimodal cognitive semiotics and religious discourse; Socio-anthropological aspects of conceptual blends; Multimodal metaphor (gesture, cultural artifacts); Metaphor and psychotherapy; Gestures in forensic interviews; Stance and natural media (esp. gestures); Cognitive Science; Embodiment; Web semantics


Fellowship "bourse d'excellence" - Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD), Levant Foundation and University of Geneva; 2011-2012.


PhD (University of Palermo): "Multimodal cognitive semiotics in religious and spiritual discourse"

MA (summa cum laude, University of Palermo): "Conceptual integration and blends of erotic and religious metaphors"

Visiting Scholar (University of California, Berkeley): Linguistics Dept.

Visiting Researcher (Case Western Reserve University, Ohio): Center for Culture and Cognition


Informatik 5 - Informationssysteme und Datenbanken, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology:

Master's courses in Media Informatics:
              - Media, Culture and Mind
              - Semiotics and Embodied Cognition in the Digital Age


English, Italian, Sicilian, French, Spanish, Latin


Evola, V., Koch, I., Mittelberg, I. (2010) Body posture and manual gestures as indicators of speakers' attitudes and stance. Poster presented at the ERS Impulse Workshop 'Communication, Technology and Brains', RWTH Aachen University.



in press/under revision

  • Raineri, S., Evola, V.  (forthcoming). A Construction Grammar Analysis of the Empathetic Dative Construction: Ethical Datives in French and Italian.


  • Mittelberg, I., Evola, V.  (2014). Iconic and representational gestures. In: C. Müller, A. Cienki, E. Fricke, S. H. Ladewig, D. McNeill and J. Bressem (Eds.), Body – Language – Communication. An International Handbook on Multimodality in Human Interaction (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communcation Science 38.2.). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. 1732–1746.   PDF


  • Evola, V. (2012). Aveva ragione Whorf?: La lingua embodied/embedded. Reti, Saperi, Linguaggi 1(2). Università di Messina.   Link


  • Evola, V. (2010). Evoluzione, Cambiamento e Progresso: Tra Metafora e Frame (Evolution, Change and Progress: Between Metaphors and Frames). In Metafore del vivente. Elena Gagliasso & Giulia Frezza (eds.). Milano: Franco Angeli.   Link

  • Evola, V. (2010). Multimodal Cognitive Semiotics of Spiritual Experiences: Beliefs and Metaphors in Words, Gestures, and Drawings. In Fey Parrill, Vera Tobin, and Mark Turner (eds.) Form, Meaning, and Body. Stanford: CSLI. pp. 41-60.   Link

  • Evola, V. (2010): Metafore, Sistemi Religiosi e Semiotica Cognitiva Multimodale. Discorsi, Gestualità e Disegni di Predicatori di Strada Cristiani e di un Satanista (Metaphors, Religious Systems and Multimodal Cognitive Semiotics. Speech, Gestures and Artwork of Christian Street-Preachers and a Satanist). Sistemi Intelligenti (SI). Rivista Quadrimestrale di Scienze Cognitive e di Intelligenza Artificiale. 1/2010. Bologna: Il Mulino. 23-47.   Link


  • Evola, V. (2009). Semiótica Multimodal de las Experiencias Espirituales: La Representación de Creencias, Metáforas y Acciones. In Carmen M. Bretones et al. (eds). Applied Linguistics Now: Understanding Language and Mind / La Lingüística Aplicada Hoy: Comprendiendo el Lenguaje y la Mente. Almería: Universidad de Almería. pp. 1571-1586.   Link


  • Evola, V. (2008). La metafora come carrefour cognitivo del pensiero e del linguaggio. In Casadio, Claudia (ed.) . Vie della metafora: linguistica, filosofia, psicologia. Sulmona: PrimeVie Editore.   Link

  • Evola, V. (2008). Personhood, Religion and Cognitive Linguistics. In: From Applied Linguistics to the Linguistics of the Mind. Issues, Practices and Trends. XXVI Congreso de AESLA (Asociación Española de Lingüística Aplicada) Universidad de Almería, ALMERÍA: Carmen M. Bretones Callejas, José R. Ibáñez Ibáñez, p. 203, ISBN: 978-84-612-2610-8.


  • Evola, V. (2005). Cognitive Semiotics and On-Line Reading of Religious Texts. Journal of Consciousness, Literature and the Arts Vol. 6 (N. 2). ISSN 1470-5648.   Link

other publications



  • Evola, V. & Raineri, S.  (Oct. 8-11, 2011) A Comparative Analysis of Narrative Datives in French and Italian. Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) 2011, Logroño, Spain.

  • Evola, V. (June 14-16, 2011). Spatial aspects of stancetaking and expressing evaluations: Insights from gestures. 3rd Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC III), Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Evola, V. Evola V. (October 6, 2011). Vers une sémiotique cognitive multimodale des expériences religieuses et spirituelles. FIIRD Colloquium, Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue, University of Geneva, Switzerland

  • Mittelberg, I & Evola, V. (May 6-8, 2011). On the semiotic reality of cognitive principles and processes in gesture: Insights from video and 3D motion capture analyses. 7th Conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS), Lund University, Sweden.


  • Evola, V. & M. Casonato  (June 30-July 3, 2010). Metaphor: A diagnostic and therapeutic tool in psychopathology and psychotherapy. 8th conference of the Researching and Applying Metaphor Association (RaAM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • Evola, V.  (July 25-30, 2010). Stancetaking in gestures: The emergence of evaluations in spatial relations. 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS), European University Viadrina at Frankfurt/Oder.

  • Evola, V. (Januar 2010). Aesthetics of Religious Emotions and Beliefs. Interdisciplinary Workshop: Neuroaesthetics, RWTH Aachen.

  • Evola, V. (May 31, 2010). Gestures in forensic interviews and interrogations. Psychology Department, Università di Milano-Bicocca.

  • Evola, V., Harrison, S. (Nov. 18-19, 2010). Methods and strategies for a multimodal corpus analysis. Using ELAN for sound scientific research. CNRS, Paris.   Link

  • Evola, V., Mittelberg, I. & Koch, I. (Mar. 5-6, 2010). Body posture and manual gestures as indicators of speakers’ attitudes and stance. ERS Impulse Workshop “Communication, Technology and Brains. RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

  • Mittelberg, I. & Evola, V. (September 23, 2010). The use of motion capture technology in gesture research. By invitation of Eve Sweetser. UC Berkeley Gesture Group.

  • Mittelberg, I. & V. Evola (September 16-19, 2010). Images schemas in captured motion: First insights from a 3-D analysis. CSDL (Cognitive Structures, Discourse, and Language) Conference, University of California, San Diego.


  • Mittelberg, I., Evola, V.  (Sept. 16-19). Image schemas in captured motion: First insights from a 3-D gesture analysis. Cognitive Structures, Discourse, and Language Conference, University of California, San Diego, CA.