Professor Alice Deignan
Professor of Applied Linguistics
I have worked as a teacher of English and on Teacher Education courses in Spain, Turkey, Eastern Europe, South America, Hong Kong and Britain. I have also worked as a lexicographer and author for Collins COBUILD.
I am a researcher and teacher in applied linguistics, with particular interests in lexical approaches to language analysis and teaching, and applications of corpus linguistics to the study of metaphor, metonymy and pragmatics.
I am on the editorial boards of the journals 'Metaphor and Symbol', 'Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics' and 'Empirical Language Research'. I am associate editor of 'Metaphor and the Social World'.
My research interests are in lexis, metaphor and pragmatics. I use large-scale corpora to investigate issues in these areas, using analytical techniques developed from corpus lexicography. I am also concerned with the applications of this research for language teaching, and for TESOL reference materials.
I teach modules on language description and language skills at undergraduate and Masters level
I supervise postgraduate research in language description and language skills. I also supervise visiting scholars with a particular interest in metaphor.
Figurative language, genre and register, Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013),
Researching and applying metaphor in the real world, ed. by Low G and others (John Benjamins, 2010)
‘MIP, the corpus and dictionaries What makes for the best metaphor analysis?’, METAPHOR AND THE SOCIAL WORLD, 5.1 (2015), 145-154,
DOI: 10.1075/msw.5.1.09dei, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83351/
‘Metaphor, genre and recontextualisation’, Metaphor and Symbol, 28.1 (2013), 41-59,
‘A re-examination of UNDERSTANDING IS SEEING’, Journal of Cognitive Semiotics, 5.1-2 (2013),
‘MIP: A method for identifying metaphorically used words in discourse’, Metaphor and Symbol, 22/1 (2007), 1-40,
‘The emergence of metaphor in discourse’, Applied Linguistics, 27.4 (2006), 671-690,
‘Mappings and narrative in figurative communication’, in Metaphor: Embodied Cognition and Discourse, ed. by Hampe B (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017),
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/100624/
‘From Linguistic to Conceptual Metaphors’, in The Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language, ed. by Semino E and Demjen Z, Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics (London: Routledge, 2016),
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/106815/
‘Payback and punishment: Metaphors in Scottish penal policy’, in Metaphor in Specialist Discourse, ed. by Berenike Herrmann J and Berber Sardinha T (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2015), 79-100,
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83352/
‘Figurative language in discourse’, in Cognitive Pragmatics (Mouton de Gruyter, 2012),
‘Corpus techniques for metaphor analysis’, in Metaphor Analysis: Research Practice in Applied Linguistics, Social Sciences and the Humanities (Equinox, 2010),
‘The evaluative properties of metaphors’, in Researching and applying metaphor in the real world, ed. by Low G and others (John Benjamins, 2010), 357-374,
‘Searching for metaphorical patterns in corpora’, in Contemporary Corpus Linguistics, ed. by Baker P (Continuum, 2009), 9-31,
‘Image' metaphors and connotation in everyday language’, in Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics volume 5, ed. by Ruiz de Mendoza F (John Benjamins, 2007),