Nele Põldvere

Postdoctoral Fellow - Russland, Sentral-Europa og Balkan
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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Niels Treschows hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1003 Blindern 0315 OSLO

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 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.

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.

Academic background

  • 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.

Tags: English language, Spoken Language, Corpus linguistics, Cognitive linguistics, Historical linguistics, Pragmatics, Metaphor Error when retrieving publications from Cristin
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