research

My research interest lies in investigating how grammar is the result of conceptualization. I am particularly interested in investigating the mechanisms underlying the highly dynamic mental “lexicon”: (1) how we construct meaning in general, (2) how world knowledge, cultural models, pragmatic factors and generally inferencing processes affect grammar, (3) how meaning is represented in the minds of speakers, (4) how we extend senses, (5) how meanings are related in the mind, and (6) how all of the above account for the semantic as well as syntactic architecture of language, generally known as motivation in language.

Hence, my areas of research lie in Cognitive Linguistics and Motivation in Language in general, and particularly Cognitive Pragmatics/Inferential Pragmatics, Grammaticalization/Lexicalization, Semantics, Syntax & Semantics Interface.

I am currently working on various English Verb-Argument Constructions (VACs), attempting to deconstruct some of the classic English Alternations by means of corpus-linguistic analyses (under the supervision of Dr. John Newman and Dr. Sally Rice and partially in collaboration with Dr. Antti Arppe) as well as on predicting constructions by means of quantitative modeling (under the supervision of Dr. Harald Baayen and in collaboration with Dr. Michael Ramscar).

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