Short CV/Education and training


  • 1995
    B.A. Anglo-Germanic Philology, Autonomous University of Barcelona

  • 1996
    M.A. English Language and Literature, University of Amsterdam (cum laude)

  • 1999
    M.A. English Language, Autonomous University of Barcelona (cum laude)

  • 2003
    Ph.D. Humanities (Cognitive Linguistics), VU University Amsterdam

Professional Experience

  • 1997 – 1999
    Research assistant, Sociology Dept., Complutense University of Madrid

  • 1997 – 2000
    Junior lecturer, Linguistics Dept., Autonomous University of Barcelona

  • 1998 – 2000
    Junior lecturer, Humanities Dept., Open University of Catalonia

  • 2000 – 2002
    Ph.D. researcher, Cognitive Science Dept.and Center for Research in Language, University of California, San Diego

  • 2002
    Ph.D. researcher, Dutch Dept., VU University Amsterdam

  • 2003
    Post-doctoral research assistant, Dutch Dept., VU University Amsterdam

  • 2003 – 2004
    Post-doctoral researcher, English Dept., Ghent University, Belgium and Cognitive Science Dept., University of California, San Diego

  • 2004
    Post-doctoral researcher, English Dept., Ghent University, Belgium

  • 2005 – 2009
    Post-doctoral researcher, Language and Communication Dept., VU University Amsterdam

  • 2006 – 2008
    Lecturer, Language and Communication Dept, VU Univ. Amsterdam

  • 2008 – 2009
    Lecturer, ITV University of Applied Sciences for Translation and Interpreting

  • 2009
    Lecturer, Communication and Information Sciences Dept, Groningen U.

  • 2009 – 2015
    Assistant Professor, Communication and Information Sciences Dept., Groningen U.

  • Since 2015
    Senior researcher & lecturer (‘100 Talents’ program), School of International Studies, Zhejiang University, China

Selected publications

  • Pascual, E. & T. Oakley. In prep. (by invitation). Fictive interaction, discourse, and the dialogic nature of language. In B. Dancygier (ed.). Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Pascual, E. & S. Sandler (eds.). Forth. The Conversation Frame: Forms and Functions of Fictive Interaction. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

  • Pascual, E. 2014. Fictive Interaction: The Conversation Frame in Thought, Language, and Discourse. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

  • Pascual, E., E. Królak & Th.A.J.M. Janssen. 2013. Direct speech compounds: Evoking socio-cultural scenarios through fictive interaction. Cognitive Linguistics 24(2): 345-366.

  • Pascual, E. 2010 (by invitation). El concepto de interacción ficticia en español: De la conversación a la gramática. Dialogía 5: 64-98.

  • Pascual, E. 2008a. Text for context, trial for trialogue: An ethnographic study of a fictive interaction blend. Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics 6: 50-82.

  • Pascual, E. 2008b. Fictive interaction blends in everyday life and courtroom settings. In A. Hougaard & T. Oakley (eds.). Mental Spaces in Discourse and Interaction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  • Coulson, S. & E. Pascual. 2006. For the sake of argument: Mourning the unborn and reviving the dead through conceptual blending. Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics 4: 153-181.

  • Pascual, E. 2006a. Fictive interaction within the sentence: A communicative type of fictivity in grammar. Cognitive Linguistics 17(2): 245-267.

  • Pascual, E. 2006b. Questions in legal monologues: Fictive interaction as argumentative strategy in a murder trial. Text & Talk 26(3): 383-402.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Current: "Fictive interaction as linguistic construction and communicative strategy". Hundred Talents Program for humanities and social sciences, Zhejiang University.

  • "The Conversation Frame: Linguistic Forms and Communicative Functions in Discourse" (276.70.019), NWO (Vidi). University of Groningen, 2010 – 2015. Principal Investigator.

  • "Speech representation as re-contextualization: A comparative study of reported and constructed questions in Dutch and American criminal trials" (275-70-012), NWO (Veni, Innovation Scheme). VU University Amsterdam, 2005 – 2008. Principal Investigator.

  • "An ethnographic study of interaction and language use in criminal trials before the Flemish jury" (R 33-302), Travel grant, NWO. University of Ghent, 2004. Principal Investigator

  • "A comparative study of fictive interaction clauses in Dutch and English" (S 20-3), Talent grant, NWO. University of Ghent and UC San Diego, 2003-2004. Principal Investigator

  • "An ethnographic study of discourse processes in court" (020033S), Fulbright, UC San Diego, 2000 – 2002. Principal Investigator

  • "Comparative research on waste management in the United Kingdom and Spain" (ENV4.CT96-0239), European Union. PI: prof. dr. E. Laraña, Complutense University of Madrid, 1997 – 1999. Junior researcher

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the permanent international scientific committee of the 'Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association' (AELCO) and its conference series, since Sept 2013

  • Board member of the 'Belgium and Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association' (BeNeCLA), since Dec 2012

  • Co-founder and board member of the 'European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue' (ESTIDIA), since June 2012

  • Member of the international scientific scientific committee of the 'Language, Culture, and Mind' (LCM) conference series, since June 2010

  • Co-founder and secretary of the 'Belgium and Netherlands Cognitive Linguistics Association' (BeNeCLA), 2008 – 2010

  • Reviewer of research projects for the Catalan University and Research Funding Foundation (AGAUR), since 2011

  • Editorial board member of Veredas: Journal of Linguistic Studies

  • Co-founder and editorial board member of the international online journal Language under Discussion

  • Reviewer of manuscripts for the journals: Text & Talk, Journal of Pragmatics, Language & Cognition, Nederlandse Taalkunde, Linguistics in the Netherlands, Folia Linguistica, Anuari de Filologia, and Sprøg, and book chapters in books by: Mouton de Gruyter, John Benjamins, and CSDL Publications

Additional qualifications

  • "Staatsexamens NT2", Dutch as second language for studying or working at academic university or university of applied sciences (HBO), July 2013

  • "Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs" [Basic Teaching Qualification], required for university lecturing, May 2013


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