Department of Cognitive Linguistics

Our research interests

Our main research interest centres around meaning construction. In our work, we focus on how various semiotic signs reflect conceptual structure. In particular we want to uncover regularities in the conceptualisation and linguistic framing of human experiences and our understanding of social life. To investigate these phenomena, we collect databases or access existing language or video corpora and annotate the variables of interest. Our approach is thus usage-based and data-driven. We often look at multimodal data from a cross-cultural and diachronic perspective. We work on a wide range of topics including:

  • Collective memory (Ewa Olszewska, Małgorzata Fabiszak, Karolina Krawczak-Glynn)
  • Emotions (Anna Rogos-Hebda, Karolina Krawczak-Glynn, Małgorzata Fabiszak)
  • Political discourse (Patryk Dobkiewicz, Ewa Olszewska, Tomasz Dyrmo, Anna Rogos-Hebda, Małgorzata Fabiszak)
  • Conference interpreting (Patryk Dobkiewicz)
  • Gestures (Tomasz Dyrmo)

In recent years we have received external funding for the following research projects:

“Memory and ideology in the linguistic landscape. Commemorative (re)naming in East Germany and Poland 1916-2016”; Beethoven funding strand, a collaboration of the Polish National Science Centre (NCN, 2016/23/G/HS2/00827) and the German Research Foundation(DFG, 2902/3-1) (completed in April 2022).

“The role of simultaneous interpreting in mitigating ideologically-loaded political discourse”; National Science Centre, PRELUDIUM 18 (2019/35/N/HS2/01979).

Keywords: annotation / qualitative analysis, conceptualization, data, discourse, emotions, meaning construction, multimodality