I am a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cognitive and Information Sciences Program at the University of California, Merced, currently living in Mountain View, CA. I work with Teenie Matlock at the Interactive Cognition Lab, where we are applying theories and methods in metaphor research to gain a better understanding of important social issues, with a special focus on disease and cancer discourse. My research areas are broadly:

  • Applied metaphor research and the sociolinguistics of metaphor
  • Computational and corpus linguistics
  • Lexical semantics, lexicography, lexicon and grammar development
  • Construction grammar, pragmatics and frame semantics
  • Romance languages (Romanian, Spanish, French) and Japanese

My manuscripts and presentations can be found in the Publications section on this site. Follow me on Academia.edu and on ResearchGate.

Upcoming Talks

Plenary speaker Grammar meets metaphor: The current state of the art and computational inroads
Constructional semantics: Cognitive, functional and typological approaches

The Linguistic Association of Finland
August 24-25, 2018

Violence metaphors are not always the good, the bad and the ugly
Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta
March 3, 2018

The Role of Grammar in Computer-Aided Metaphor Research
UC Irvine, Program in Language Science Colloquium
February 26, 2018

Cancer is a Tumultuous Journey: A Cross-linguistic Analysis of Metaphor
UC Santa Barbara, Linguistics Department Colloquium
February 22, 2018

Cancer is a Tumultuous Journey: A Cross-linguistic Analysis of Metaphor
San Francisco State University, Communication Studies Department
October 25th, 2017

Cancer is a Tumultuous Journey: A Cross-linguistic Analysis of Metaphor
UC Davis Linguistics Colloquium
October 30, 2017

The Role of Grammar in Computer-Aided Metaphor Research
University of Colorado-Boulder, Department of Linguistics Linguistics Circle
November 15, 2017