Professor Elena Semino

Professor Elena Semino

Professor

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 594176

Affiliations

PaSTY - Pragmatics and Stylistics Research Group
UCREL - University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language

My research interests are in stylistics, metaphor theory and analysis, and the medical humanities/health communication. I often combine qualitative analysis with corpus linguistic methods.

Stylistics: cognitive stylistics; corpus stylistics; mind style in fiction.

Metaphor theory and analysis: metaphor in literature, politics, science, health communication, end-of-life care; metaphor and embodied simulation; corpus approaches to the study of metaphor.

Medical humanities/health communication: representations of autism and mental illness in fictional and non-fictional narratives; (figurative) language, creativity and chronic pain.

PhD Supervision Interests

I am interested in supervising students in the following areas:
Metaphor in discourse: study of metaphor in literature, politics, science and health communication; corpus-based approaches to the study of metaphor.
Cognitive stylistics: integration of linguistic analysis with theories of cognition (e.g. Schema theory, Blending theory) in order to study literary texts; the linguistic construction of fictional text worlds; the linguistic construction of minds in fictional and non-fictional narratives.
Corpus stylistics: application of corpus methods to the study of literary texts.
Medical Humanities/Health communication: language use in communication about health and illness, including particularly metaphors and narratives.

Current Teaching

LING 102: English Language

LING 210: Stylistics

LING 450: Stylistics

I teach Stylistics on the MA in English Language by Distance and the PhD in Applied Linguistics by Thesis and Coursework.

Career Details

Before joining the Department, I taught Italian as a foreign language at Napier Polytechnic (Edinburgh) and Lancaster University.

I hold a Visiting Professorship in the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Fuzhou University in China.

Research Interests

Stylistics - My work in stylistics focuses primarily on poetry and fictional and non-fictional narratives. I have a long-standing interest in 'mind style' - how distinctive fictional minds are linguistically constructed in novels. I am currently working on: the linguistic representation of autism in fiction; and the representation of the experience of schizophrenia in a non-fictional narrative, with Dr Zsófia Demjén (Open University).

Metaphor theory and analysis - I have worked on metaphor in literary texts and in a range of non-literary text-types, including political speeches, newspaper language, scientific communication and health communication. I was part of an international group of metaphor scholars who developed a methodology for the identification of metaphorical expressions in naturally-occurring language (see Pragglejaz Project ). From 2012 to 2014, I led a team working on Metaphor in End-of-Life Care, with funding from the ESRC.

Medical humanities / Health Communication - I contribute to these broad interdisciplinary areas with my research on narratives of autism and schizophrenia, and on metaphor in communication about health and illness. I have a particular interest in the communication of pain experiences. I collaborate with Prof Joanna Zakrzewska (Eastman Dental Hospital, London) on a project on language and the diagnosis of chronic pain. I am part of the interdisciplinary project ‘Pain: Speaking the Threshold' at University College London. Much of this work involves corpus linguistic methods, which I am developing as co-investigator in the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS).

Selected Publications

Pragmatic failure, mind style and characterisation in fiction about autism

Semino, E. 8/05/2014 In: Language and Literature. 23, 2, p. 141-158 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Language, mind and autism in Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Semino, E. 15/03/2014 Linguistics and literary studies: interfaces, encounters, transfers. Fludernik, M. & Jacob, D. (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter, p. 279-303 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ deaths: narratives and professional identities in interviews with hospice managers

Semino, E., Demjen, Z. & Koller, V. 2014 In: Discourse Studies. 16, 5, p. 667-685 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Metaphor, genre and recontextualization

Semino, E., Deignan, A. & Littlemore, J. 15/01/2013 In: Metaphor and Symbol. 28, 1, p. 41-59 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Figurative language, genre and register

Deignan, A., Littlemore, J. & Semino, E. 2013 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 330 p. (Cambridge Applied Linguistics)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Metaphor in Discourse

Semino, E. 2008 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 247 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Corpus stylistics: speech, writing and thought presentation in a corpus of English writing.

Semino, E. & Short, M. H. 2004 London: Routledge. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Cognitive stylistics: language and cognition in text analysis.

Semino, E. (ed.) & Culpeper, J. (ed.) 2002 Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 333 p. (Linguistic approaches to literature)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

Language and world creation in poems and other texts.

Semino, E. 1997 London: Longman. 288 p. (Textual Explorations)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

In Press

A corpus-based study of ‘mixed metaphor’ as a metalinguistic comment

Semino, E. expected in 2015 Mixing metaphor. R. W. Jr, G. (ed.). John Benjamins

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2015

Henry's voices: the representation of auditory verbal hallucinations in an autobiographical narrative

Demjen, Z. & Semino, E. expected in 2015 In: Medical Humanities.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2014

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ deaths: narratives and professional identities in interviews with hospice managers

Semino, E., Demjen, Z. & Koller, V. 2014 In: Discourse Studies. 16, 5, p. 667-685 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Pragmatic failure, mind style and characterisation in fiction about autism

Semino, E. 8/05/2014 In: Language and Literature. 23, 2, p. 141-158 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Language, mind and autism in Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Semino, E. 15/03/2014 Linguistics and literary studies: interfaces, encounters, transfers. Fludernik, M. & Jacob, D. (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter, p. 279-303 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2013

Metaphor, genre and recontextualization

Semino, E., Deignan, A. & Littlemore, J. 15/01/2013 In: Metaphor and Symbol. 28, 1, p. 41-59 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Figurative language, genre and register

Deignan, A., Littlemore, J. & Semino, E. 2013 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 330 p. (Cambridge Applied Linguistics)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2011

La teoria del blending applicata alla letteratura: un'analisi di un racconto di Virginia Woolf

Semino, E. 2011 In: Italianistica: Rivista di Letteratura Italiana. 40, 3, p. 61-80 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Rethinking 'inferred' thought presentation

Semino, E. 2011 In: Style. 45, 2, p. 296-300 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Deixis and fictional minds

Semino, E. 2011 In: Style. 45, 3, p. 418-440 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Stylistics

Semino, E. 2011 Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics. Simpson, J. (ed.). London: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Metaphor, creativity, and the experience of pain across genres

Semino, E. 2011 Creativity, Language, Literature: The State of the Art. Swann, J., Carter, R. & Pope, R. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 83-102 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The adaptation of metaphors across genres

Semino, E. 2011 In: Review of Cognitive Linguistics. 9, 1, p. 130-152 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Unrealistic scenarios, metaphorical blends and rhetorical strategies across genres.

Semino, E. 2010 In: English Text Construction. 3, 2, p. 250-274 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Corpus techniques for metaphor analysis.

Deignan, A. & Semino, E. 2010 Metaphor Analysis: Research Practice in Applied Linguistics, Social Sciences and the Humanities. Cameron, L. & Maslen, R. (eds.). London: Equinox, p. 161-179 (Studies in Applied Linguistics)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Descriptions of pain, metaphor and embodied simulation.

Semino, E. 2010 In: Metaphor and Symbol. 25, 4, p. 205-226 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Metaphor and situational motivation

Semino, E. 2009 In: Quaderns de filología. Estudis lingüístics. 14, p. 221-233 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Stylistics.

Semino, E. 2009 The Pragmatics Encyclopaedia. Cummings, L. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 459-460 2 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The language of newspapers.

Semino, E. 2009 English Language: Description, Variation and Context. Culpeper, J., Katamba, F., Kerswill, P., Wodak, R. & McEnery, T. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 439-453

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Metaphor, politics and gender: a case study from Italy

Semino, E. & Koller, V. 2009 Politics, Gender and Conceptual Metaphors. Ahrens, K. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 36-61 26 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Metaphor, politics and gender: a case study from Germany.

Koller, V. & Semino, E. 2009 Politics, Gender and Conceptual Metaphors. Ahrens, K. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 9-35 27 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Text worlds.

Semino, E. 2009 Cognitive Poetics: Goals, Gains and Gaps. Brone, G. & Vandaele, J. (eds.). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, p. 33-71 39 p. (Applications of Cognitive Linguistics)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

Using a semantic annotation tool for the analysis of metaphor in discourse.

Koller, V., Hardie, A., Rayson, P. & Semino, E. 2008 In: metaphorik.de. 15, p. 141-160 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Stylistics and Literary Evaluation

Short, M. H. & Semino, E. 2008 The quality of literature: Linguistic Studies in Literary evaluation. van Peer, W. (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 117-37 243 p. (Linguistic Approaches to Literature)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Metaphor in literature

Semino, E. & Steen, G. 2008 Cambridge Handbook of Metaphor and Thought. Gibbs, R. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 232-246 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Metaphor in Discourse

Semino, E. 2008 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 247 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2007

MIP: a method for identifying metaphorically used words in discourse.

Pragglejaz, G. & Semino, E. 2007 In: Metaphor and Symbol. 22, 1, p. 1-39 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Exploiting a Semantic Annotation Tool for Metaphor Analysis

Hardie, A., Koller, V., Rayson, P. & Semino, E. 2007

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Metaphors for speaking and writing in the British press.

Heywood, J. & Semino, E. 2007 Language in the Media: Representations, Identities, Ideologies. Johnson, S. & Ensslin, A. (eds.). London: Continuum, p. 25-47

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Mind style 25 years on

Semino, E. 2007 In: Style. 41, 2, p. 153-173 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Metaphor and fictional minds.

Semino, E. 2006 The metaphors of sixty. Benczses, R. & Csabi, S. (eds.). Budapest: Eötvös Loránd University Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Narrative skill in Bilgewater's prologue

Short, M. H., Semino, E. & Culpeper, J. 2006 The Art of English: Literary Creativity. Goodman, S. & O'Halloran, K. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 407-413 7 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A corpus-based study of metaphors for speech activity in British English.

Semino, E. 2006 Corpora in Cognitive Linguistics: Conceptual Metaphors. Gries, S. T. & Stefanowitsch, A. (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 35-60 26 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Blending and characters' mental functioning in Virginia Woolf's Lappin and Lapinova.

Semino, E. 2006 In: Language and Literature. 15, 1, p. 55-72 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Cognitive poetics

Semino, E. 2006 The art of English. Goodman, S. & O'Halloran, K. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 37-44 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

A computer-assisted approach to the analysis of metaphor variation across genres.

Semino, E., Hardie, A., Koller, V. & Rayson, P. 2005 Corpus-based Approaches to Figurative Language.. Barnden, J., Lee, M., Littlemore, J., Moon, R., Philip, G. & Wallington, A. (eds.). Birmingham: University of Birmingham School of Computer Science, p. 145-153 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

The metaphorical construction of complex domains: the case of speech activity in English.

Semino, E. 2005 In: Metaphor and Symbol. 20, 1, p. 35-70 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Source “scenes” and source “domains”: insights from a corpus-based study of metaphors for communication.

Semino, E. & Heywood, J. 2005 In: Proceeding of the Third Interdisciplinary Workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Figurative Language.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Possible worlds: stylistics applications.

Semino, E. 2005 Elsevier Encycloapedia of Language and Linguistics. Brown, K. (ed.). Elsevier, p. 777-782 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Mind style.

Semino, E. 2005 Elsevier Encyclopaedia of Language and Linguistics. Brown, K. (ed.). Elsevier, p. 142-148 7 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2004

Corpus stylistics: speech, writing and thought presentation in a corpus of English writing.

Semino, E. & Short, M. H. 2004 London: Routledge. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Methodological problems in the analysis of a corpus of conversations about cancer.

Semino, E., Heywood, J. & Short, M. H. 2004 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 36, 7, p. 1271-1294 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Investigating the presentation of speech, writing and thought in British English: a corpus-based approach.

McIntyre, D., Bellard-Thomson, C., Heywood, J., McEnery, A. M., Semino, E. & Short, M. H. 2004 In: ICAME Journal. 28, p. 49-76 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Representing characters' speech and thought in narrative fiction: A Study of England, England by Julian Barnes.

Semino, E. 2004 In: Style. 38, 4, p. 428-451 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

The construction of a corpus to investigate the presentation of speech, thought and writing in written and spoken British English.

McIntyre, D., Bellard-Thomson, C., Heywood, J., McEnery, A. M., Semino, E. & Short, M. 2003 Proceedings of the corpus linguistics 2003 conference. Archer, D., Rayson, P., McEnery, A. M. & Wilson, A. (eds.). Lancaster: Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language Technical Papers, Lancaster University, Vol. 16 (sp, p. 513-522 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Discourse worlds and mental spaces.

Semino, E. 2003 Cognitive poetics in practice. Gavins, J. & Steen, G. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 83-98 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2002

Cognitive stylistics: language and cognition in text analysis.

Semino, E. (ed.) & Culpeper, J. (ed.) 2002 Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 333 p. (Linguistic approaches to literature)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

Revisiting the notion of faithfulness in discourse presentation using a corpus approach.

Short, M. H., Semino, E. & Wynne, M. 2002 In: Language and Literature. 11, 4, p. 325-355 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Stylistics and linguistic variation in poetry.

Semino, E. 2002 In: Journal of English Linguistics. 30, 1, p. 28-50 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A sturdy baby or a derailing train? Metaphorical representations of the euro in British and Italian newspapers.

Semino, E. 2002 In: Text. 22, 1, p. 107-139 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A cognitive stylistic approach to mind style in narrative fiction.

Semino, E. 2002 Cognitive stylistics: language and cognition in text analysis. Semino, E. & Culpeper, J. (eds.). 1 ed. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 95-122 28 p. (Linguistic approaches to literature)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Linguistic metaphor identification in two extracts from novels.

Heywood, J., Semino, E. & Short, M. H. 2002 In: Language and Literature. 11, 1, p. 35-54 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

A method for annotating metaphors in corpora.

Semino, E. & Steen, G. 2001

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

Revisiting the notion of faithfulness in discourse: report/(re)presentation using a corpus approach.

Short, M., Semino, E. & Wynne, M. 2001 Poetics, linguistics and history: discourses of war and conflict. Biermann, I. & Combrink, A. (eds.). Potchefstroom, South Africa: Potchefstroom University, p. 484-509 26 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

On readings, literariness and schema theory: a reply to Jeffries.

Semino, E. 2001 In: Language and Literature. 10, 4, p. 345-355 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Schema and script theory.

Semino, E. 2001 Routledge encyclopaedia of language teaching and learning. Byram, M. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 525-527 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2000

Language and context(s): Jane Gardam’s ‘Bilgewater’.

Short, M. H., Semino, E. & Culpeper, J. 2000 Contextualised stylistics: in honour of Peter Verdonk. Bex, T., Burke, M. & Stockwell, P. (eds.). Amsterdam: Rodopi, p. 131-151 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Constructing witches and spells: speech acts and activity types in early modern England.

Culpeper, J. & Semino, E. 2000 In: Journal of Historical Pragmatics. 1, 1, p. 97-116 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Hypothetical words and thoughts in contemporary British narratives.

Semino, E., Short, M. H. & Wynne, M. 1999 In: Narrative. 7, 3, p. 307-334 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Reading reports: discourse presentation in a corpus of narratives with special reference to news reports.

Short, M. H., Wynne, M. & Semino, E. 1999 English via various media. Diller, H. J. & Stratman, E. O. G. (eds.). Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C, p. 39-66 28 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1998

A corpus-based investigation of speech, thought and writing presentation in English narrative texts.

Wynne, M., Short, M. & Semino, E. 1998 Explorations in Corpus Linguistics. Renouf, A. (ed.). 23 ed. Amsterdam: Rodopi, p. 233-247 15 p. (Language and computers)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1997

Using a corpus to test a model of speech and thought presentation.

Semino, E., Short, M. & Culpeper, J. 1997 In: Poetics. 25, 1, p. 17-43 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Language and world creation in poems and other texts.

Semino, E. 1997 London: Longman. 288 p. (Textual Explorations)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1996

Metaphor and mind style in Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Semino, E. & Swindlehurst, K. 1996 In: Style. 30, 1, p. 143-166 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Using a corpus for stylistics research: speech presentation.

Short, M., Semino, E. & Culpeper, J. 1996 Using Corpora in Language Research. Thomas, J. & Short, M. (eds.). Harlow: Longman, p. 110-131 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Politics is football: metaphor in the discourse of Silvio Berlusconi in Italy.

Semino, E. & Masci, M. 1996 In: Discourse and Society. 7, 2, p. 243-269 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1995

Stylistics.

Culpeper, J. & Semino, E. 1995 Handbook of Pragmatics. Verschueren, J., Ostman, J. O. & Blommaert, J. (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 513-520 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Schema theory and the analysis of text worlds in poetry.

Semino, E. 1995 In: Language and Literature. 4, 2, p. 79-108 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Deixis and the dynamics of poetic voice.

Semino, E. 1995 New Essays in Deixis. Green, K. (ed.). 103 ed. Amsterdam: Rodopi, p. 145-160 16 p. (Costerus, new series)

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1992

Building on Keith Green’s “Deixis and the Poetic Persona”: further reflections on deixis in poetry.

Semino, E. 1992 In: Language and Literature. 1, 2, p. 135-140 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

 

 

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