Allison Creed visiting scholar at the Metaphor Lab

Allison Creed visits the Metaphor Lab from June to November 2017. She is the Research Fellow for the Australian Collaboratory of Career, Employability, and Learning for Living (ACCELL) and Lecturer in Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She holds a PhD in Education and her field of research is metaphor in communication with a particular interest in inter-cultural and cross-cultural contexts of language use and learning. Her current research and further studies are in the field of Vocational Psychology. Allison has been a regular visitor to the Metaphor Lab over the past years for summer school and conference participation. Read more.

NWO PhDs in the Humanities grant for Pia Sommerauer

Pia Sommerauer (BA in English and American Studies, University of Vienna, planned graduation from MA Linguistics (Human Language Technology), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in August 2017) is awarded a NWO PhDs in the Humanities grant. In September 2017 she will start her PhD project about the relation between word, sense and reference in distributional semantic models in.

The research will be carried out under the daily supervision of prof. dr. P.Th.J.M. Vossen, full professor of Computational Lexicology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and head of the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL) and the co-supervision of Prof. Dr. G.J. Steen, full professor of Speech Communication, Argumentation and Rhetoric at the Department of Dutch at the University of Amsterdam and head of the Metaphor Lab and founding director of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam. The research is closely linked to several projects ongoing projects of the CLTL, such as the Spinoza Prize Project Understanding of language by machines (ULM). This combination of experts in computational linguistics and cognitive linguistics provides a unique environment for this project.


NWO VIDI grant for Christian Burgers

Christian Burgers was awarded a prestigious 5-year NWO/VIDI Grant for his project “Contemporary Political Satire: Medium, Language and Impact of Satiric News”. Satiric news is often controversial by challenging current politicians. Burgers and his team will model how, across media, language use in satire is different from ‘regular’ genres like news, and how these differences in media and language use impact the public’s perception of the topic under discussion.

Register now for Metaphor Festival 2017!

The registration for the Metaphor Festival Amsterdam is now open.

To register for the Metaphor Festival ’17 please first transfer the conference fee to our bank account and then fill out this online form.

Hope to see you all in Amsterdam!

NWO Visitor Grant for Giulia Frezza

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam was awarded an NWO Visitor Grant for Dr. Giulia Frezza from Sapienza University, Rome. Dr. Frezza will spend four months at the lab, from July through November, to work on her research on the role of metaphor and resistance to metaphor in the framework of Risk and Responsibility in Science Communication, with special attention to the metaphor of gene-editing in CRISPR-Cas9.

We are looking forward to welcoming her to the Metaphor Lab again.


Metaphor Lab at International Conference on Multimodal Communication

From 9 June to 11 June 2017 the International Conference on Multimodal Communication takes place at Osnabrück University, Germany.

Mark Turner (Metaphor Lab advisory board member) organizes this event, together with Alexander Bergs. Also, Marianna Bolognesi (Metaphor and Modality Team coordinator) will be representing the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam at this upcoming conference.

For more information about the conference, see the conference website.


Metaphor Lab Annual Report 2016

2016 was another great year for Metaphor Lab Amsterdam!

Read more about our last year’s projects, publications, events, presentations and more in the MLA annual report 2016.

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