Division: Literature and Languages
Metaphor Construction and the Evolution of Language
I am currently studying for a PhD in linguistics supervised by Dr Andrew Smith. Prior to starting this, I completed an MLitt in English Language and Linguistics at Stirling in 2013. For my Masters dissertation, I analysed the function of the word like as both a discourse marker and quotative and I explored its developing position as a marker of low epistemic modality.
I also hold an MA (Hons) in English and Linguistics from the University of Aberdeen and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Software Development from Ulster University. Since 2012, I have worked as a UK Linguistic Consultant for Verilogue.
Conceptual Metaphor Theory. Evolutionary linguistics. Iterated learning. Cognitive semantics. Synaesthesia. Ostensive-inferential communication. Analogy. Folk etymology. Cross-cultural metaphor.