Visnja Cicin-Sain

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Other affiliations Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (Student)

My primary academic interests are metaphor and figuration in both their linguistic-discursive and conceptual-cognitive aspects. How do we conceptualize complex and multi-aspectual linguistic phenomena such as language contact, change and classification? What figurations do we commonly use in expressing evaluative stance to specific language phenomena (e.g. borrowings)?

Area specifically, I analyze discourses and language debates in the area of the former Yugoslavia. ​I examine the ways in which metaphors and figurations are deployed in discursive projects of creating and sustaining ideologies related to the successor languages established after the disintegration of Serbo-Croatian – Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian, with a specific focus on the discursive employment of figurations in the delineation of language borders.

Academic interests

  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Metaphor analysis
  • Conceptual Metaphor Theory
  • Discourse analysis
  • Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian


BKS1001 – Bosnisk/kroatisk/serbisk språk 1 

HON1000 – Cross-Disciplinary Thematic Focus for Honours Students

LING4170 – Lingvistisk fordypningsemne D



  • Cicin-Sain, Visnja (2019). Metaphors for language contact and change: Croatian language and national identity, In Ljiljana Saric & Mateusz-Milan Stanojevic (ed.),  Metaphor, Nation and Discourse.  John Benjamins Publishing Company.  ISBN 9789027202499.  Chapter 5.  s 127 - 153

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  • Cicin-Sain, Visnja (2019). Metaphors of Language: A Discursive and Experimental Analysis of the Role of Metaphor in the Construction of National Languages: The Case of Croatian and Serbian. Show summary

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Published May 18, 2016 9:09 AM - Last modified Sep. 26, 2019 2:04 PM


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