Nele Poldvere

Postdoctoral Fellow - Russland, Sentral-Europa og Balkan
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Research interests

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo, working on the interdisciplinary project "Fakespeak – the language of fake news" (funded by The Research Council of Norway). My main research objective within the project is to investigate differences in metaphorical language use across fake and real news in English. Metaphor is a powerful, yet subtle, way to shape public opinion and thought, and violence metaphors in particular may have real consequences on reasoning, as they can increase the tendency to polarise. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the frequency and nature of the metaphors used in fake news are different from those in real news. These differences will help us develop more accurate and faster deception detection systems in order to help curtail the spread of fake news. I am also involved in the investigation of evaluative differences between the two types of news and the development of fake news datasets.

My other research interests include spoken English and the combination of social motivations and cognitive mechanisms of speech production, comprehension and change. I am a lead developer of the brand new London–Lund Corpus 2 (LLC–2) of spoken British English, modelled on the same principles as the world's first spoken corpus, the London–Lund Corpus (LLC–1). On the one hand, LLC–2 facilitates the investigation of contemporary speech from a synchronic perspective and across different registers and groups of speakers. On the other hand, it allows researchers to carry out principled diachronic comparisons across two different time periods of English with some 50 years in between.

Academic background

  • 2020 – present: Affiliated Researcher, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University (through my work on the London–Lund Corpus 2)
  • 2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, Lund University; project title: "The art of giving advice in everyday conversation"
  • 2014 – 2019: Doctoral Candidate, Lund University; thesis title: "What's in a dialogue? On the dynamics of meaning-making in English conversation"

Prizes and awards

  • 2021: Winner of the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
  • 2018: Runner-up of De Gruyter Mouton Best Junior Paper Award at the 5th Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English, London, UK
  • 2016: Winner of the Best Pre-doctoral Oral Presentation Prize at the 10th Conference of the Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association, Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Teaching and supervision

I have experience in teaching on a broad spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in linguistics including Cognitive Linguistics, English phonetics and grammar, semantics and pragmatics, discourse analysis and corpus methods. I have also taught on various academic speaking and writing courses in English, engineering and physics departments. My supervision experience to date includes Bachelor degree projects in an English Language Education programme on topics such as foreign language anxiety in the Nordic context, and the use of new media such as computer games and podcasts as effective learning and teaching devices. Currently, I am a co-supervisor of one PhD student in English Linguistics, Eleni Seitanidi, at Lund University.

Tags: English language, Spoken Language, Corpus linguistics, Cognitive linguistics, Historical linguistics, Pragmatics, Metaphor


  • Põldvere, Nele; Johansson, Victoria & Paradis, Carita (2021). On the London–Lund Corpus 2: Design, challenges and innovations. English Language and Linguistics. ISSN 1360-6743. 25(3), p. 459–483. doi: 10.1017/S1360674321000186. Full text in Research Archive
  • Põldvere, Nele; Johansson, Victoria & Paradis, Carita (2021). Resonance in dialogue: The interplay between intersubjective motivations and cognitive facilitation. Language and Cognition. ISSN 1866-9808. 13, p. 643–669. doi: 10.1017/langcog.2021.16. Full text in Research Archive
  • Põldvere, Nele; Frid, Johan; Johansson, Victoria & Paradis, Carita (2021). Challenges of releasing audio material for spoken data: The case of the London–Lund Corpus 2. Research in Corpus Linguistics. ISSN 2243-4712. 9(1), p. 35–62. doi: 10.32714/ricl.09.01.04. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Poldvere, Nele; De Felice, Rachele & Paradis, Carita (2022). Advice in conversation: Corpus pragmatics meets mixed methods. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781009053617. 76 p. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Poldvere, Nele (2022). Metaphor and evaluation in fake news in English: Some data, some results.
  • Poldvere, Nele (2022). Metaphor in fake and genuine news: Same or different?
  • Seitanidi, Eleni; Poldvere, Nele & Paradis, Carita (2022). All-cleft constructions in the London–Lund Corpus 2 (LLC–2) spoken British English.
  • Seitanidi, Eleni; Poldvere, Nele & Paradis, Carita (2022). The focalizing all-cleft construction in the London–Lund Corpora of spoken British English.
  • Nykiel, Joanna & Poldvere, Nele (2022). Ellipsis in a less well known environment: The reactive what-x construction in English.
  • Poldvere, Nele & Saric, Ljiljana (2022). A study of metaphorical cues of deception in fake news.
  • Poldvere, Nele (2022). On the importance of dialogue and dialogicity in language change.
  • Poldvere, Nele & Saric, Ljiljana (2022). How (not) to get away with deception: Metaphorical cues of deception in fake news.
  • Paradis, Carita; Johansson, Victoria & Põldvere, Nele (2021). Special issue on spoken language in time and across time: Introduction. English Language and Linguistics. ISSN 1360-6743. 25(3), p. 449–457. doi: 10.1017/S1360674321000174.
  • Põldvere, Nele (2021). Advice in conversation: A mixed-methods approach to corpus pragmatics.
  • Põldvere, Nele (2021). Spoken English in time and across time: Constructions, context, corpora.
  • Põldvere, Nele (2021). A mixed-methods and mixed-models approach to spoken English.
  • Põldvere, Nele (2021). Tracking change in epistemic stance constructions expressing advice in the London–Lund Corpora.
  • Põldvere, Nele (2021). Using the London–Lund Corpora to investigate recent change in advice-giving in spoken English.
  • De Felice, Rachele; Põldvere, Nele & Paradis, Carita (2021). Advice-giving and advice uptake in conversation: A corpus pragmatic study.
  • Nykiel, Joanna & Põldvere, Nele (2021). Ellipsis in a less well-known environment: The reactive what-x construction in English.
  • Põldvere, Nele & Alvestad, Silje Susanne (2021). Fakespeak – A pilot study.
  • Põldvere, Nele & Alvestad, Silje Susanne (2021). Is metaphor the key to detecting fake news? First results from the Fakespeak project.

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Published Jan. 20, 2021 10:17 AM - Last modified Nov. 30, 2022 9:42 PM