Country: United States
Education: B.A. English, B.A. French, magna cum laude, University of Oklahoma, United States, (2009)
M.A. Applied Linguistics in French, summa cum laude, University of Oklahoma, United States (2012)
Title of the PhD Project: A Mobile Army: World Building Through Metaphor (working title)
Summary of the research project: I am interested in the relationship between language and cognition, especially theories of metaphorical cognition and the ways in which metaphor influences conceptual world-building. My project examines figurative language in order to identify the expression of conceptual differences between Standard French and other languages of la francophonie (primarily le québecois, Standard American English, and Arabic) in mass-mediated narratives.
Currently, I am comparing the employment of metaphor and figurative language in common narratives of current events from popular newspapers in France and Québec.
Among other goals, I want to explore how and with what effects ideological constructions are manifested in language and how the metaphorical nature of language and cognition facilitates, reinforces, or offers alternatives to ideological linguistic constructions.
Supervisor: Dr. Christine Jourdan