Researcher biography

My research examines how metaphor and other cognitive structures are communicated using the resources of language. My 2013 book Frames and Constructions in Metaphoric Language examines how particular grammatical constructions are utilised in the expression of metaphoric structures. I'm also interested in connections between (central) non-metaphoric senses and (extended) metaphoric senses in different languages, as these reveal the structure of underlying conceptual metaphors. Another ongoing project is the identification of cognitive structures and strategies that are unique to particular genres of language use.