Beth Harvey


  Division: Literature and Languages




Title of research topic

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.

Research Interests

Conceptual Metaphor Theory.  Evolutionary linguistics.  Iterated learning.  Cognitive semantics.  Synaesthesia.  Ostensive-inferential communication.  Analogy.  Folk etymology.  Cross-cultural metaphor. 

Further information 

Twitter:  @bethum


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