Elena Semino is Professor of Linguistics and Verbal Art in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. She holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Fuzhou in China. Her interests are in: stylistics, medical humanities, health communication, corpus linguistics, narratology and metaphor theory and analysis. She has (co-)authored four monographs, including Metaphor in Discourse (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Figurative Language, Genre and Register (Cambridge University Press, 2013, with Alice Deignan and Jeannette Littlemore). She is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language (with Zsófia Demjén). From 2012 to 2014, she was Principal Investigator on the project ‘Metaphor in End-of-Life Care’, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Dr Shirley Paul currently works as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) ‘Translating Science for Young People’ project in the School of Education at the University of Leeds. Her interests are in psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, and psychological and educational approaches to reading and language support in children. Shirley has previously worked as Research Officer on the REading for CompreHension (REACH) project, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, at the University of Leeds. Prior to this, she worked at the University of Edinburgh as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow investigating the binocular eye-movements of younger and older adults during reading, and then as Teaching Co-ordinator for 1st and 2nd year Psychology. She has a PhD in psycholinguistics which she obtained from the University of Dundee in 2011.
Professor Alice Deignan taught English as a Foreign Language in various countries, and English to Speakers of Other Languages in further education colleges and adult education settings in the West Midlands. She has also worked for Collins Cobuild as a lexicographer, where she was introduced to corpus linguistics and the work of John Sinclair. Her research interests centre around the use of corpora to investigate natural language patterning, especially non-literal language. She is the author of three books: The Collins Cobuild Guide to Metaphor (1995, Collins ELT), Metaphor and Corpus Linguistics (2005, John Benjamins), and Figurative Language, Genre and Register, co-authored with Jeannette Littlemore and Elena Semino (2013, Cambridge University Press), and is editor of two. She is joint editor of the journal Metaphor and the Social World, and Treasurer of RaAM. Working within a School of Education, she works collaboratively with experts in mainstream school education, as well as TESOL.