Professor Elena Semino

Professor Elena Semino

Professor, Head of Department

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.

Science Communication - I am a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project Translating Science for Young People, based in the School of Education at the University of Leeds.

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

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

Demjen, Z. & Semino, E. 8/06/2015 In: Medical Humanities. 41, 1, p. 57-62 6 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

‘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

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

Metaphors for 'good' and 'bad' deaths: a health professional view

Demjen, Z., Semino, E. & Koller, V. expected in 2016 In: Metaphor and the Social World.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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

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

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2015

A computer-assisted study of the use of violence metaphors for cancer and end of life by patients, family carers and health professionals

Demmen, J., Semino, E., Demjen, Z., Koller, V., Hardie, A., Rayson, P. & Payne, S. 2015 In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 20, 2, p. 205-231 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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

Demjen, Z. & Semino, E. 8/06/2015 In: Medical Humanities. 41, 1, p. 57-62 6 p.

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)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

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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