Find a research supervisor 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.

Research supervisors

Dr Gareth Carrol

Dr Gareth Carrol

Lecturer in Psycholinguistics

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Dr Marcus Perlman

Dr Marcus Perlman

Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics

  • Iconicity in speech and gesture
  • Language evolution
  • Metaphor and cognitive linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics

Dr Adam Schembri

Dr Adam Schembri

Reader in Linguistics

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

Dr Petra Schoofs

Dr Petra Schoofs

Lecturer in TESOL

  • 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

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