Dr Kari Sullivan

Lecturer

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
k.sullivan3@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52268

Overview

Human beings can communicate complex ideas using only a few words. We all share cognitive tools, such as metaphor, that allow us to activate complex meanings in other people's minds using language. My research focuses on how these cognitive tools are tied to linguistic forms, such as specific words and grammar. One of the ways I examine the relation between cognition and language is to compare language and non-linguistic communication, particularly the visual arts, as in my award-winning paper The Languages of Art and other publications. My 2013 book Frames and Constructions in Metaphoric Language examines how grammar helps us to communicate metaphor. I’m also interested in connections between (central) non-metaphoric senses and (extended) metaphoric senses in different languages.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Oregon, USA
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master in Arts, University of California, Berkeley

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Sullivan, Karen (2007). Lexical filledness and metaphor in idioms. In: Marja Nenonen and Sinikka Niemi, Collocations and idioms 1 : Papers from the First Nordic Conference on Syntactic Freezes. First Nordic Conference on Syntactic Freezes, Joensuu, Finland, (330-341). 19-20 May 2006.

  • Sullivan, Karen (2006). Frame-based constraints on lexical choice in metaphor. In: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A., (). 10-12 February 2006.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision