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Symposium in Memory of Professor Gabriella Rundblad

Waterloo Bridge Wing, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, London

The Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication are hosting a one-day symposium in honour of Professor Gabriella Rundblad. We warmly invite you to attend this event, which will be an opportunity to celebrate Gabriella’s work, her contribution to the study of language and cognition, and her lasting academic legacy.

The symposium will be held in-person in the Franklin-Wilkins Building of the Waterloo Campus. The programme (see below) includes talks from current PhD students and colleagues who worked closely with Gabriella.

The event is free to attend but requires registration. Please register by clicking on the 'Attend the Event' button.

For further information and general queries, please contact Olivia:


10:30 -11.00 Tea and coffee (FWB 2.46)

11:00 – 11:15 Welcome (FWB 1.60)

Session 1: Health and risk communication (FWB 1.60)

11:15 – 11:40 Chris Tang: Decoding the "language barrier" for health communication with oral cultural groups

11:40 – 12:05 Poppy Ellis Logan: Reducing health inequalities in disasters, using power cuts as a case study

12:05 – 12:30 Olivia Knapton: Human-insect encounters: the unwanted agency of insects

12:30 – 1:30 Light lunch (FWB 2.46)

1:30 – 2:10 Doctoral students - three-minute thesis presentations (FWB 1.60)

Yuan Wang – Metaphors of depression: UK vs China post-pandemic

Marleen Pauls - Making sense of the menopause in daily life: a cognitive discourse analysis

Caroline Girardi Ferrari - How do people understand figurative language? An interlinguistic study about figurative comprehension by children and adults

Camila Merlo

Session 2: Metaphor comprehension and production (FWB 1.60)

2:10 – 2:35 Dorota Gaskins, Jill Hohenstein, Xinyan Kou & Eloi Puig-Mayenco: Exploring the difference between perceptual and conceptual metaphor with eye-tracking: an ongoing investigation

2:35 – 3.00 Dorota Gaskins: Budding metaphors: input-output effects in metaphor production

3.00 – 3:25 Refreshment break (FWB 2.46)

Session 3: Diversity in language development (FWB 1.60)

3:25 – 3:50 Jo Van Herwegen: Metaphor and metonymy development in neurodevelopmental conditions

3:50 – 4:15 Vasileios Pliogkas: Comprehension of metaphors in Greek speaking children with ASD and TD

4:15 – 4:40 Eloi Puig-Mayenco & Rebecca Ward: Exploring bilingual parenting: perspectives from families raising children with Down’s syndrome 

4:40 – 4:50 Wrap up

5.00 Drinks at the Mulberry Bush (89 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP)

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