Eve E. Sweetser


semantics, syntax, historical linguistics, Celtic languages, speech act theory, metaphor theory, semantic change, grammaticalization, grammatical meaning, gesture

Contact Information

Office: 1211 Dwinelle
Email: sweetser@berkeley.edu
Office Hours: Spring 2014: Tues 2-3 and Thurs 12:30-1:30
Mailing address:
1203 Dwinelle #2650

Personal Statement

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1984. Her primary research interests include historical linguistics, semantics and meaning changes, the semantics of grammatical constructions, cognitive linguistics, metaphor and iconicity, subjectivity and viewpoint, the relationship between language and gesture, and the Celtic language family. Her 1990 book, FROM ETYMOLOGY TO PRAGMATICS (Cambridge University Press), explores generalizations about synchronic and diachronic patterns of meaning in the areas of model verbs and conjunctions. Her 2005 book, MENTAL SPACES IN GRAMMAR: CONDITIONAL CONSTRUCTIONS, was coauthored with Barbara Dancygier, and examines the syntax and semantics of a wide range of English conditional constructions, using a Mental Spaces model of semantics. More recently, she and Dancygier co-edited VIEWPOINT IN LANGUAGE: A MULTIMODAL PERSPECTIVE (CUP 2012); and their co-authored Cambridge linguistics textbook FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE will be out in March 2014.  She teaches in (and has directed) both UCB’s undergraduate Cognitive Science Program and the undergraduate Celtic Studies Program. She has published articles on topics including modality, polysemy, metaphor, conditional constructions, grammatical meaning, performativity, gesture, and Medieval Welsh poetics.

Selected publications

1996.  Changes in figures and changes in grounds: A note on change predicates, mental spaces, and scalar norms.  Cognitive Studies: Bulletin of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society, 3:3 (Sept. 1996 - Special Issue on Cognitive Linguistics), pp. 75-86.  (Japanese journal title: Ninchi Kagaku - Tokushu: Ninchi Gengogaku)

1997.  Role and individual readings of change predicates.  In Language and  Conceptualization, eds. J. Nuyts and E. Pederson.  Oxford University  Press.

1997.  (COAUTHORED with Barbara Dancygier)  Then in conditional sentences.  Cognitive Linguistics 8:2, 109-136.

1998.  Regular metaphoricity in gesture: bodily-based models of speech interaction.  In Actes du 16e Congrès International des Linguistes (CD-    ROM), Elsevier.

1999. Compositionality and blending: semantic composition in a cognitively realistic framework.  In Cognitive Linguistics: Foundations, Scope and Methodology, eds. Gisela Redeker and Theo Janssen.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.  pp. 129-162.

2000  (COAUTHORED with Barbara Dancygier)  Constructions with if, since and because: Causality, epistemic stance, and clause order.  In Cause, condition, concession, contrast, eds.  Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Bernd Kortmann.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.  pp. 111-142.

2001. Blended spaces and performativity. Cognitive Linguistics 11:3/4, 305-333.

2004 “The suburbs of your good pleasure”: Cognition, culture and the bases of metaphoric structure.  In G. Bradshaw, T. Bishop and M. Turner (eds.), The Shakespearean International Yearbook, vol. 4: Shakespeare studies today.  Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing.  24-55.

2004 (COAUTHORED with Fey Parrill) What we mean by meaning: Conceptual integration in gesture analysis and transcription. Gesture 4:2, 197-219.

2005.  Figurative harmony: Convergences and tensions among metaphors and metonyms for the heroic society in Early Welsh poetry.  In Joseph Falaky Nagy and Leslie Ellen Jones (eds.), Heroic Poets and Poetic Heroes in Celtic Tradition (Celtic Studies Association of North American Yearbook, vols. 3-4). Dublin: Four Courts Press. 344-358.

2005.  Whose rhyme is whose reason?: Sound and sense in Cyrano de Bergerac.  Language and literature 15(1): 29-54.

2005.  Coauthored with Barbara Dancygier. Mental Spaces in Grammar: Conditional Constructions.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

2006.  (COAUTHORED with Rafael E. Nuñez) With the future behind them: convergent evidence from language and gesture in the crosslinguistic comparison of spatial construals of time. Cognitive Science 30, 410-450.

2006.  Looking at space to study mental spaces: Co-speech gesture as a crucial data source in cognitive linguistics.  In  Monica Gonzalez-Marquez, Irene Mittleberg, Seana Coulson and Michael Spivey (eds.), Methods in Cognitive Linguistics.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 203-226.

2006 (in press) Putting the “same” meaning together from different pieces.  In S. Marmaridou and K. Nikiforidou (eds.), Reviewing Linguistic Thought: Perspectives into the 21st Century.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2006.  Negative spaces: Levels of negation and kinds of spaces.  In Stéphanie Bonnefille & Sébastien Salbayre (eds.), Proceedings of the conference "Negation: Form, figure of speech, conceptualization". Publication du groupe de recherches anglo-américaines de l'Université de Tours. Tours: Publications universitaires François Rabelais.

2008.  Personal and interpersonal gesture spaces: Functional contrasts in language and gesture.  In A. Tyler, Y. Kim, and M. Takada (Eds.), Language in the Context of Use: Cognitive and Discourse Approaches to Language and Language Learning.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 25-51.

2009.  Myriam Bouveret and Eve Sweetser.  Multi-frame semantics, metaphoric extensions and grammarBLS 35.

2009. Karen Sullivan and Eve Sweetser.  Is "Generic is Specific" a Metaphor?" in Fey Parrill, Vera Tobin and Mark Turner (eds.), Meaning, Form and Body.  (Selected papers from the 2008 CSDL meeting).  Stanford CA: CSLI Publications. 

2009. What does it mean to compare Language and Gesture? Modalities and Contrasts.  In Jiansheng Guo et al. (eds.), Crosslinguistic approaches to the psychology of language: Studies in the tradition of Dan Isaac Slobin. New York: Psychology Press. 357-366. 

2009. Ted Sanders, José Sanders and Eve Sweetser.  Causality, cognition and communication: A mental space analysis of subjectivity in causal connectives.  In Ted Sanders and Eve Sweetser (eds.) Causal categories in discourse and cognition.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 19-60.

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