Niamh Anna O'Dowd
The focus of my research is on figurative language and thought in multimodal discourse. I am currently investigating the roles of metaphor and metonymy in shaping attitudes and emotions towards the climate crisis and related environmental issues. I am interested in how figurative combinations of images and words are used to construct awareness-raising and activist discourses in particular, the affective and evaluative dimensions of visual and multimodal metaphoric frames, and how these can impact the way individuals reason about and respond to specific environmental issues such as plastic pollution.
Overall, my research interests span cognitive linguistic approaches to discourse analysis, cross-linguistic metaphor studies, experimental methods and psycholinguistics, and language and creativity.
My background is in English Literature and French, which I studied at the University of Exeter, in the UK. I received my MA in Applied Linguistics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. My doctoral research at UiO is supervised by Ljiljana Šarić.
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