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 genuine 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 genuine 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 the 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 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.
- 2020 – present: Affiliated Researcher, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University (through my work on the London–Lund Corpus 2)
- 2020: Postdoctoral Researcher, 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"
For more information, please see my CV.
Prizes and awards
- 2021: PhD prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters
- 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 Society of Cognitive Linguistics, Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Teaching and supervision
I have experience in teaching on a broad spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English linguistics including Cognitive Linguistics, grammar, spoken discourse 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 subject-teacher 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.
During Spring 2022, I teach on the ENG1103 English Phonetics and Intonation course (Group 10).
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 Show summary
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. Show summary
Põldvere, Nele (2021). A mixed-methods and mixed-models approach to spoken English. Show summary
Põldvere, Nele (2021). Tracking change in epistemic stance constructions expressing advice in the London–Lund Corpora. Show summary
Põldvere, Nele (2021). Using the London–Lund Corpora to investigate recent change in advice-giving in spoken English. Show summary
De Felice, Rachele; Põldvere, Nele & Paradis, Carita (2021). Advice-giving and advice uptake in conversation: A corpus pragmatic study. Show summary
Nykiel, Joanna & Põldvere, Nele (2021). Ellipsis in a less well-known environment: The reactive what-x construction in English. Show summary
Põldvere, Nele & Alvestad, Silje Susanne (2021). Fakespeak – A pilot study. Show summary
Põldvere, Nele & Alvestad, Silje Susanne (2021). Is metaphor the key to detecting fake news? First results from the Fakespeak project. Show summary