Academic staff with an interest in Cognitive Linguistics and Psycholinguistics

Our research in cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics covers areas including figurative language, idioms, embodied cognition, language and perception, sign language, gesture, second language acquisition and construction grammar.

Our current research projects are designed to ensure that the work we conduct has a significant impact on the lives of people outside academia. We are, for example, working on the role played by metaphor and other types of figurative language in advertising, the ways in which it is understood by people from different cultures, the use of metaphor by people who have experienced pregnancy loss or stillbirth and those who support them.

List of Academic Staff

Dr Gareth Carrol

Dr Gareth Carrol

Lecturer in Psycholinguistics
Admissions Tutor for Undergraduate Programmes

Research and supervision areas:

  • Idioms and figurative language
  • Formulaic language
  • The mental lexicon
  • Second language learning/acquisition
  • Language impairment

Professor Jeannette Littlemore

Professor Jeannette Littlemore

Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics
Head of Research for ELAL
Director of Internationalisation (College of Arts and Law)

Research and supervision areas:

  • Metaphor
  • Metonymy
  • Cognitive Linguistic approaches to second language acquisition
  • The use of figurative language by learners of English

 

Dr Amanda Patten

Dr Amanda Patten

Lecturer in Historical Linguistics

Research and supervision areas:

  • Historical linguistics and language change
  • Construction grammar and the relationship between form and meaning
  • Information packaging constructions and other specialised linguistic patterns

Dr Florent Perek

Dr Florent Perek

Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics

Research and supervision areas:

  • Construction grammar, cognitive linguistics
  • Quantitative corpus linguistics
  • Grammar, semantics, argument structure
  • Language change

Dr Paula Pérez-Sobrino

Dr Paula Pérez-Sobrino

Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow

Research areas:

  • Figurative language
  • Multimodality
  • Embodiment
  • Advertising
  • Music

Dr Adam Schembri

Dr Adam Schembri

Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

Research and supervision areas:

  • British/Australian Sign Language
  • Sign language linguistics
  • Sociolinguistic variation and change
  • Gesture studies

Dr Petra Schoofs

Dr Petra Schoofs

Lecturer in TESOL

Research and supervision area:

  • TESOL related issues
  • Bilingualism
  • Multilingualism
  • Interference, language mixing phenomena (e.g. perceived incorrectness caused by other language influence in the language produced by bi- or multilinguals), code-switching
  • First language attrition

Dr Bodo Winter

Dr Bodo Winter

Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics

Research and supervision areas:

  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Sound symbolism
  • Language evolution
  • Gesture
  • Politeness