Guest Speakers

We host two guest speakers per year whose research addresses different areas of cognitive linguistics, including applied cognitive linguistics.



Term 1 – Professor Dagmar Divjak

Professor Dagmar Divjak

Dagmar is Professorial Research Fellow in Cognitive Linguistics and Language Cognition at the University of Birmingham. Her main research investigates the way our cognitive capacities give rise to the patterns that we see in language and how language learners might use these patterns to build up knowledge of their language.  Professor Divjak works at the cutting edge of quantitative corpus-based and experimental methods in cognitive linguistics.  She is the lead researcher on a recent £1m Leverhulme project, Out of our Minds, which, by using computational modelling techniques that mimic human learning processes, promises to develop new, cognitively plausible ways of describing speakers’ linguistic knowledge.

Details: 6th December, 4pm. Farady Building – Cavendish Colloquium.


Term 2 – Professor Peter Stockwell

Image of Peter Stockwell

Peter is Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham. His research has pioneered the field of Cognitive Poetics, an approach to stylistic analysis based in cognitive linguistics. His seminal book Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction is now in a second, updated edition (Routledge, 2020). He is also author of Texture: A Cognitive Aesthetics of Reading (EUP, 2009) and The Language of Surrealism (Palgrave, 2017). He has worked extensively on different textual phenomena including iconicity, mind-modelling, immersion, and free-indirect discourse.

Details: 7th March, 4pm. Faraday Lecture Theatre.