PhD Alumni

Catherine Diederich Basel

The Semantics of Taste Perception
An Analysis of Food-Related Lexical Items

ErstbetreuerProf. Dr. Heike Behrens
ZweitbetreuerProf. Dr. Miriam Locher
DisziplinAnglistik
StatusVerteidigt
Publikationhttps://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/celcr.16/main

While we have no difficulties in communicating sensory perceptions in everyday conversation, we hardly reflect on what they actually mean. This Ph.D. project examines the language of taste expression from a cognitive linguistic perspective with the aim to highlight the range of meanings of certain taste-related terms. How we speak about taste on an everyday basis can differentiate strongly from how taste is measured and described in sensory science. An initial analysis compares the meaning and usage of the lexical items /crispy/ and /crunchy/ in the sensory scientific context and everyday (publicly accessible) contexts. The later is analyzed via corpus data from the Corpus of Contemporary American English. Along the lines of Fillmore's theory of frame semantics, the aim is to semantically frame the results and to categorize them according to the meaning that is activated in context. The results of the categorization are then quantified in order to detect possible patterns of usage in regard to the lexical items at stake.


Kontakt

Emailcatherine.diederich@unibas.ch
Homepagehttp://engsem.unibas.ch/department/people/staff/profile/profile/person/diederich/

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of specialization:
Language and cognition, (sensory) semantics, corpus linguistics, figurative language, metaphor analysis

Academic training:
Since August 2008
PhD English Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Heike Behrens, University of Basel, Switzerland

May 2010-September 2011
dissplus mentoring program, University of Basel, Switzerland, http://www.dissplus.unibas.ch

June 14-18, 2010
LOT summer school, Radboud University, Netherlands

2003-2008
Lizentiat (M.A. equivalent) in English/American Literature and Linguistics, Pedagogy (specialization in Pedagogical Psychology), Criminology


Academic positions:
Since August 2008
Assistant in English Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Heike Behrens, University of Basel (50%)

2008-2011
Research associate in the graduate program ProDoc: Sprache als soziale und kulturelle Praxis in the module Typisierte Sprache, http://germa.unibas.ch/forschung/prodocs/sprache-als-soziale-und-kulturelle-praxis/

2008-2011
Research associate in the interdisciplinary project Semantik des Geschmacks/ Sensory Language and the Semantics of Taste, http://www.sensorysemantics.ch/

Non-Academic positions:
April 2005-May 2012
Language teacher English/German, Bénédict Language School Zurich

2004-2007
Secretary and supervisor at Kinderuniversität Zurich


Teaching experience:
Since September 2008
Introductory courses and undergraduate courses in English linguistics in the areas of cognitive linguistics and the historical linguistics

Courses:
Fall term 2008
Proseminar: Language and the Mind (cognitive linguistics, undergraduate course)
Tutorial: Introduction to Language and linguistics I: Structure and Use
Spring term 2009
Proseminar: Introduction to the History of English
Fall term 2009
Proseminar: Language and the Mind
Spring term 2010
Proseminar: Introduction to the History of English
Fall term 2010
Proseminar: Language and the Mind
Spring term 2011
Proseminar: Introduction to the History of English
Fall term 2011
Proseminar: Language and the Mind
Seminar: Semantics of Taste
Spring term 2012
Proseminar: Introduction to the History of English

Academic services:
June 30-July 2, 2010
Co-organizer of the 5th Symposium of Politeness, University of Basel, review commitee

Since 2009
Departmental website administration

Conference talks:
June 8-10, 2011, Language as a Social and Cultural Practice, title: Crispy and Crunchy: The Semantics of Taste, University of Basel, Switzerland
April 15-16, 2011, Symposium Talking about Taste, title: Semantic and Syntactic Patterns of Crispy and Crunchy, University of Zürich, Switzerland
October 7-9, 2010, DGKL 4 (Vierte Internationale Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kognitive Linguistik), title: The Semantics of Taste: Semantic and Syntactic Patterns of Crispy and Crunchy, peer-reviewed, University of Bremen, Germany
September 24-27, 2009, ECRO conference, title: Crispy and Crunchy: The Semantics of Taste Terms, Villisimius, Italy
March 20, 2009, SWELL meeting, title: Crispy/ Crunchy: The Semantics of Taste Terms, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Poster presentations:
October 22-23, 2010, JASGIL conference (Joint Advanced Study Group in Linguistics), title: The Verbalization of Taste: On the Conceptualization and Categorization of Crispy and Crunchy, University of Basel, Switzerland
July 6-8, 2010, 3rd UK CLC (United Kingdom Cognitive Linguistics Conference), title: Crispy/ Crunchy: The Semantics of Taste, University of Hertfordshire, England, peer-reviewed
June 14-18, 2010, LOT summer school, title: Crispy/ Crunchy: The Semantics of Taste, Radboud University, Netherlands

Memberships:
Since 2009: Linguistic Society of America (LSA), http://www.lsadc.org/
Since 2009: Swiss Association of University Teachers in English (SAUTE), http://www.saute.ch/
Since 2009: Swiss Work in English Language and Linguistics (SWELL), http://www.swell.unibas.ch/




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