LINGUIST List 27.5087

Tue Dec 13 2016

Support: Cognitive Science / Spain

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 11-Dec-2016
From: Marta Coll-Florit <>
Subject: Cognitive Science, PhD, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
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Department: Arts and Humanities
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science


The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) has launched a call to award PhD scholarships in several areas of research. One of these is Conceptual Metaphor and Mental Health under the supervision of Drs. Marta Coll-Florit and Salvador Climent. The central aim of this research will be to analyze texts produced by individuals affected by mental disorders in the web (blogs, social networks) in the light of the Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT) cf. Lakoff & Johnson (1980), Lakoff (1991, 1993), Gibbs (1994). Other topics at the crossroads of CMT and the Information and Knowledge Society can also be proposed by those applying to the position.

Both distance and full-time face-to-face positions are offered but only the latter are eligible for scholarships –on a competitive basis. The maximum duration of the internship is 4 years. This line of research is associated to the “Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Programme”. This proposal is part of the research line “Culture, Society and Language” supported by the “Interuniversity Research Group in Linguistic Applications (GRIAL)'' –officially recognised as a consolidated research group by the Government of Catalonia (2014).

Detailed information and requirements to apply for the scholarships can be found in the link below. Candidates who are not citizens of English-speaking countries are required to accredit their level of English as equal to or higher than level B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

In addition to complete the forms, candidates must address a statement of interest explaining his/her specific reasons for applying to the programme and a description of his/her interest in carrying out research in the field of Conceptual Metaphor and Mental Health. This statement should be addressed to:

Dr. Salvador Climent -
Dr. Marta Coll-Florit -


Call is open and closes on 31 January 2017. The application requires several documents to be submitted. Make sure you prepare your application in advance.

References Mentioned:

Gibbs, R. (1994). The Poetics of Mind. Figurative Thought, Language and understanding. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Lakoff G. (1991). “Metaphor and war: the metaphor system used to justify war in the gulf”, Peace Research, Vol. 23, No. 2/3, pp. 25-32. Canadian Mennonite University.
Lakoff, G. (1993). “The contemporary theory of metaphor”. A. Ortony (Ed.), Metaphor in thought (pp.202-251). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Lakoff, G. & Johnson, M. (1980). Metaphors We Live By. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Applications Deadline: 31-Jan-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr. Marta Coll-Florit

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