New book on Metaphor, Cancer and the End of Life


Drawings taken from Lancaster University’s ‘Metaphor Menu’, a collection of examples of different ways in which people described their experiences with cancer

This week sees the publication of ‘Metaphor, Cancer and the End of Life: a corpus-based study’ by Elena Semino, Zsófia Demjén, Andrew Hardie, Sheila Payne and Paul Rayson. The book is the culmination of an ESRC-funded project on metaphors used to talk about cancer and the end of life in the UK by Lancaster University and University College London researchers. Continue reading


Funding success!

We’ve just received news that a project led by Prof. Li Wei has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust!

The project, called ‘Early childhood bilingualism: Effects on brain structure and function’, will run for 36 months and open up new collaborations with colleagues in the Institute of Child Health.

We will keep the updates coming.


Another funding success!

We are very pleased to begin the new academic year by announcing that Miguel Pérez-Milans has received funding from UCL’s global engagement funds, as part of the East Asia scheme:

The project:

Meanings, Practices and Trajectories of Internationalisation in China: A pilot Study in Higher Education. Continue reading

Special Issue by our students

Image of special issue cover

Illustration by Daniela López

We are proud to share a special issue of Bellaterra Journal of Teaching and Learning Language and Literature on language ideologies and language teaching edited by and featuring contributions from our very own doctoral students.

Congratulations Sara Young, Emma Brooks, Yuta Mogi and Alexantra Georgiou!

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