Professor of Linguistics and Verbal Art, Lancaster University

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. I am currently working on: metaphor and cancer in end-of-life care; the representation of autism and mental illness in fictional and non-fictional narratives; (figurative) language, creativity and chronic pain; the 'translation' of knowledge about climate change from scientific papers to educational materials for teen-agers; and the representation of urban violence in Brazil. My research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Linguistics and Verbal Art, Lancaster University

Education

  • 1994 
    Lancaster University, Linguistics