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Name  Elena Semino

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Elena Semino (born 9 September 1964) is an Italian-born British linguist whose research involves stylistics and metaphor theory. Focusing on figurative language in a range of poetic and prose works, most recently she has worked on topics from the domains of medical humanities and health communication. Her projects use corpus linguistic methods as well as qualitative analysis.


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Semino earned her BA in 1988 in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Genoa. She received her MA in 1990 and her PhD in 1994 from the University of Lancaster. She taught Italian as a foreign language at Napier Polytechnic (Edinburgh) and at Lancaster University. In 1992 she took a position as lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, and became a senior Senior Lecturer in Linguistics there in 2003. She is currently a Professor of Linguistics and Verbal Art and serves as Head of the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University.

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She serves on the editorial board of Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines and Metaphor and the Social World.

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Semino has been a co-PI on grants from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Brazilian research agency CONFAP to study the linguistic representation of urban violence in Brazil using corpus linguistics methods, and a project to funded by ESRC that details how metaphors are used in end-of-life care in the UK (MELC).

Selected publications

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  • E. Semino. Metaphor in discourse. Cambridge University Press. 2008
  • E. Semino and M. Short. Corpus stylistics: Speech, writing and thought presentation in a corpus of English writing. Routledge. 2004
  • E. Semino, J. Heywood, M. Short. Methodological problems in the analysis of metaphors in a corpus of conversations about cancer. Journal of Pragmatics. 2004
  • E. Seminno and J. Culpeper. Cognitive stylistics: Language and cognition in text analysis.]] John Benjamins. 2002

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