Benjamin Bergen

LSA 205: Experimental and corpus-based approaches to metaphor

Benjamin Bergen received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. Since then, he has been first an Assistant and now an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has published broadly, on conceptual metaphor, language understanding, phonaesthemes, and language learning. His work is predominantly empirical, using both behavioral experimentation and corpus methods. His recent research has focused on mental simulation in language understanding — the activation by comprehenders of grounded perceptual and motor experiences as part of extracting meaning from language.

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