Short CV/Education and training

  • 1997 – 1998
    Research fellow, Lund University (funded by The Swedish Bank Tercentenary Foundation)

  • 1998 – 2005
    Research Fellow and Senior lecturer at Lund University

  • 2005 – 2010
    Full Professor, Linnaeus University

  • Since 2010
    Full Professor Lund University

Selected publications

  • 2018 Emotive and sensory simulation through comparative construal. J. Hartman & C. Paradis. Metaphor & Symbol 33(2), 1-21.

  • 2018 Verbs in speech framing expressions: Comparing English and Spanish. R. Caballero & C. Paradis. Journal of Linguistics. 54(1), 45-84

  • 2017 Identification of Intermediates and opposites. I. Bianchi, C. Paradis, R. Burro, J. van de Weijer, M. Nyström & U. Savardi (2017). Acta Psychologica, 180, 175–189.

  • 2016 Evaluative polarity words in risky choice framing.

    A. Wallin, C. Paradis & K. Katsikopoulos. Journal of Pragmatics,

    106, 20–38. 10.1016/j.pragma.2016.09.005.

  • 2015 Meanings of words: theory and application. C. Paradis. In U. Hass & P. Storjohann (Eds.) Handbuch Wort und Wortschatz (Handbücher Sprachwissen-HSW Band 3) Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin.

  • 2015 Semantic profiles of antonymic adjectives in discourse. C. Paradis, S. Löhndorf, J. van de Weijer & C. Willners. Linguistics, 53.1, 153-191.

  • 2015 Conceptual spaces at work in sensuous cognition: Domains, dimensions and distances. C. Paradis. In F. Zenker & P. Gärdenfors (Eds.). Applications of Conceptual spaces: Geometric knowledge representation. Dordrecht: Springer Verlag

  • 2014 Antonym canonicity: temporal and contextual manipulations. J. van de Weijer, C. Paradis, C.Willners & Magnus Lindgren. Brain & Language, 128.1, 1-8.

  • 2013 Describing sensory experience: The genre of wine reviews. C. Paradis & Mats Eeg-Olofsson. Metaphor & Symbol, 28.1.1-19.

  • 2012 Antonyms in English: construals, constructions and canonicity. S. Jones, M. L. Murphy, C. Paradis & C. Willners. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521761796

  • 2011 Metonymization: key mechanism in language change. C. Paradis. In R. Benczes, A. Barcelona & F. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez (Eds.), Defining metonymy in Cognitive linguistics: Towards a consensus view. John Benjamins (61-88).

  • 2008 Configurations, construals and change: expressions of DEGREE. C. Paradis. English Language and Linguistics, 12.2. 317-343.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Thinking in Time. Communication, Cognition and Learning

Language, Cognition and Discourse@Lund (LCD@L)

  • LCD@L is a research group at the Centre of Languages and Literature led by Carita Paradis concerned with usage-based research approaches to make theoretical advances. Our research focuses on how language means when it is used in discourse, how language is acquired and processed, how it develops, and how language varies across social contexts and times. We use hypothesis-driven experimental methods, quantitative and qualitative corpus methodologies, and discourse-analytical techniques.

Advances in the description and explanation of stance in discourse using visual and computational text analytics – StaViCTA (2013 – 2016)

  • This 4-year interdisciplinary project across semantics, computational linguistics and information visualization investigates stance in human communication ( Funded by the Swedish research council, grant number 2012-5659. Framework grant

MovEs-MovEinG (2014 – 2016)

  • Rosario Caballero, Javier Enrique Díaz Vera, Ernesto Jesus Suarez Toste, Carita Paradis. This project (funded by Gobierno de España: Ministerio de economia y competividad: Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica deExcelencia) explores Talmys framework on real motion events to cases of fictive and metaphorical motion in order to determine the influence of genre on the constructions use and interpretation.

Thinking in Time: Cognition, Communication and Learning (CCL)

  • A multidisciplinary and cross-faculty research environment, focusing on the role of timing in cognitive function. CCL brings together 40 researchers, post docs and PhD students from different departments at Lund University (

Contrast in language, memory and thought (2008 – 2012)

  • This is an interdisciplinary collaborative project at Lund University funded by the Swedish Research Council. The members are Dr Caroline Willners, Dr Joost van de Weijer and Professor Carita Paradis from the Centre for Languages and Literature and Associate Professor Magnus Lindgren from Psychology. Funded by the Swedish Research Council, grant no 2007-2409.

NetWordS – The European Network on Word Structure

  • Cross-disciplinary approaches to understanding word structure in the languages of Europe ( I am a member of the steering committee for NetWordS funded by the European Science Foundation (2011 – 2015) investigating word structure in European languages (

The meaning of actions: motor functions, intentions and the brain

  • This is an interdisciplinary project funded by the Pufendorf Institute for advanced studies at Lund University ( The project runs 2011 – 2012, involving researchers from linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, logopedics and neuroscience. The area of research is closely related to the program of the Linnaeus project Cognition, Communication and Learning (CCL) ongoing at Lund University.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair of the Scientific Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council (2013-2105)

  • Chair of Linguistics at the Swedish Research Council (2010-2015)

  • President of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC) (2011 – 2013)

  • International Association for University Professors of English (IAUPE) (since 2007)

Additional qualifications

  • Master of Education, 1983

  • Supervision: Dr Jenny Hartmann 2013, Dr Charlotte Hommerberg, 2011. (The dissertation was awarded the PhD Prize in 2013 by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities), Dr Boel Jepsson 2011.Dr Helena Frännhag 2010 (The dissertation was awarded the PhD Prize in 2011 by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities), Fil.lic. Roy Liddle 2010, Dr Hans Malmström 2008. Dr Fabian Beijer 2005.

  • External examiner (opponent) for 8 doctoral and 2 licentiate dissertations in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, United Kingdom and member of the examining board for 7 dissertations.

  • Reviewer of articles submitted for publication in Functions of Language, SKY Journal of Linguistics, English Language and Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Studia Linguistica, Language, Variation and Change, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, Journal of Pragmatics, Intercultural Pragmatics, Ibérica, Text & Talk, Acta Linguistica Hungarica, Linguistics, English Text Construction, Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Review, Nordic Journal of English Studies, Journal of English Linguistics, Textus, Discourse Processes, Metaphor & Symbol, Australian Journal of Linguistics, Suvremena lingvistika Journal, Folia Linguistica, Acta Psychologica.

  • Editor for Cognitive Linguistics in Practice book series, with Dr Stefanie Wulff, John Benjamins (since 2011) ISSN 1388-6231 and Lund Studies in English, with Professor Marianne Thormählen, Lund University. ISSN: 0076-1451

  • On the editorial board for Human Cognitive processing book series, published by John Benjamins (since 2010), English Language and Linguistics, 2007 – 2012, The Nordic Journal of English Studies, since 2003

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Possible contacts with scientist from other disiciplines such as psychology, medicine, chemistry, food & beverages, dealing with things relating to sensory perceptions such as vision, smell, taste, touch. I have worked quite a lot on descriptions of perceptions, in particular in the area of wine discourse.

Other activities and achievements/family

  • A family with three adult children and a dog.


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