Associate Professor, Linguistics Program
Department of English Language and Literature
San Francisco State University
Office: HUM 430
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I am a cognitive linguist interested in the intersection between language and thought. I use cognitive linguistic tools like Conceptual Metaphor Theory, Conceptual Blending, Frame Semantics, and Cognitive Grammar to explore discourse patterns and language grammar. Although I specialize in cognition, semantics, and pragmatics, I love just about all areas of linguistics including phonetics, phonology, morphology, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in all of these disciplines.
Recently, I designed a new class on computer-mediated discourse.
Sometime I'm asked linguistics questions for news articles. A fun one here and here and here...and me in the news! And in the news again!
Some of my older research featured here. And referenced here. And me talking about what it means to not refer to Donald Trump, here.