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Suzanne E. Kemmer
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Linguistics
 
e-mail:kemmer@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. (1988) Linguistics, Stanford University
  • M.A. (1985) German Studies, Stanford University
  • B.A. (1980) Rice University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Linguistics
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Academic Advising
  • Cognitive Sciences Program
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Social Sciences
  • Scientia
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    Websites
     Ling 215: Words in English
     Ling 315/515 Introduction to Semantics
     Suzanne Kemmer's homepage
     
    Research Areas
     Cognitive Linguistics, Semantics, Language Universals and Typology, Language Change, Constructional Syntax
     
    Teaching Areas
     Language Universals and Typology, English Words, Semantics, Cognitive Linguistics, Writing Systems
     
    Selected Publications
     Books
     

    Suzanne Kemmer "Cognitive Lexical Semantics." 

     
     

    Barlow, Michael, and Suzanne Kemmer "Usage-Based Models of Language." : 1-356.

     
     Other
     

    Suzanne Kemmer "Causative Constructions and Cognitive Models: The English Make Causative." The First Seoul International Conference on Discourse and Cognitive Linguistics: Perspectives for the 21st Century (2001) : 803-832 Refereed.

     
     

    Ada Rohde, Anatol Stefanowitsch, and Suzanne Kemmer "Loanwords in a Usage-Based Model." LAUD Series B, No. 296 (2000) : Refereed.

     
     

    Ada Rohde, Anatol Stefanowitsch, and Suzanne Kemmer "Loanwords in a Usage-Based Model." Chicago Linguistic Society 35. Papers from the General Session. (2000) : Refereed.

     
     

    Kemmer, Suzanne "Human Cognition and the Elaboration of Events: Some Universal Conceptual Categories." The New Psychology of Language, Vol. 2. (In Press)

     
     

    Kemmer, Suzanne "Lexical Blends." Motivation in Language (To appear) : Refereed.

     
     

    Kemmer, Suzanne "Schemas and Lexical Blends." LAUD Series B, No. 299. (2000) : 1-28 Refereed.

     
     

    Kemmer, Suzanne and Michael Barlow "A Usage-Based Conception of Language.." LAUD Series B, no. 295. (2000) : 1-21 Refereed.

     
     

    Kemmer, Suzanne, and Michael Barlow "Introduction: A Usage-Based Conception of Language." Usage-Based Models of Language (2000) : vii-xxviii.

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    Invited panel discussant, Workshop on Fictive Motion, International Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2013, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 2013. Provided commentary on papers at thematic workshop

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    Keynote Speaker, 3rd International Symposium on Cognitive Semantics, Hunan University, Changsha, China, March-April 2013

     
     Lectures
     

    Kemmer, Suzanne, and Soyeon Yoon, “Rethinking Coercion as a Cognitive Phenomenon: Processing, Frequency, and Semantic Compatibility.” Presented at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference 2013, Alberta, Canada, June 2013.

     
     Other
     

    "A Usage-Based Approach to Cognitive Semantics." Forum Lecture, First Seoul International Conference on Discourse and Cognitive Linguistics: Perspectives for the 21st Century., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. (June 9, 2001)

     
     

    "A Usage-Based Approach to Cognitive Semantics." Distinguished Lecturer, Sophia Seminars on Linguistics 2001 (90 min.), Sophia University, Tokyo. (June 13, 2001)

     
     

    "Causative Constructions and Cognitive Models." Invited Speaker, First Seoul International Conference on Discourse and Cognitive Linguistics: Perspectives for the 21st century., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. (June 10, 2001)

     
     

    "Causative Constructions and Cognitive Models: The Make-Causative." Distinguished Lecturer, Sophia Seminars on Linguistics 2001 (90 min.), Sophia University, Tokyo. (June 13, 2001)

     
     

    "Causatives in Luo in Typological Perspective." Invited Speaker, International Conference on the Typology of African Languages, University of Cologne, Sankt Augustin, Germany. (May 22, 2001)

     
     

    "Aspects of Causative Constructions in Human Language." Workshop on Grammaticalization and Language Processing, Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Sprachwissenschaft Annual Meeting, Marburg, Germany. (March 1-3, 2000)

     
     

    "Blending in Lexicon and Grammar." Psychology/Linguistics Series, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. (February, 2000) With Michael Barlow

     
     

    "Causative Constructions, Cognitive Models, and Typology." Plenary Speaker, International Conference on Cognitive Typology, Antwerp, Belgium. (April 12-14, 2000)

     
     

    "Causatives and Cognitive Models." Invited Speaker, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland. (June 6, 2000)

     
     

    "Cognitive Grammar: A Usage-Based Theory of Language." Invited speaker, University Lecture Series, Free University Berlin, Germany. (July 4, 2000)

     
     

    "Lexical Blending and Language Acquisition." Plenary Speaker, First Landau International Symposium/LAUD Symposium 2001, University of Koblenz/Landau. (March 27-30, 2000)

     
     

    "Making Sense of Make." Invited Speaker, Linguistics Colloquium, Dept. of Linguistics, Free University of Amsterdam. (June 30, 2000)

     
     

    "Panel Commentary." Workshop on Building Linguistic Structure in Ontogeny, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (May 26-28, 2000)

     
     

    "Schemas and Lexical Blends." Invited speaker, Conference on Language, Culture and Cognition, Leiden, Holland. (March 22-23, 2000)

     
     

    "Using Corpora for Linguistic Analysis: Causatives in English." Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Kansas City, MO. (Nov. 4, 2000) With Michael Barlow

     
     

    "Vidiots and Netizens: Blending as Creative Word Formation." Invited Speaker, Colloquium Series, University of Rostock, Germany. (May 2000)

     
     

    "What is a Usage-Based Model?." Psychology/Linguistics Series, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. (May, 2000) With Michael Israel

     
     

    "Where Functional and Cognitive Meet: Information Structure, Topicality, and the Form of NPs.." 7th International Pragmatics Conference, Budapest, Hungary. (July, 2000)

     
     

    "Cognitive Linguistics: Connections and Directions." Plenary speaker, Sixth International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. (July 1999)

     
     

    "Lexical Blends." Conference on Cognitive Motivation in Grammar, Hamburg, Germany. (July 1999)

     
     

    "Loanwords in a Usage-Based Model." 35th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, University of Chicago. (April, 1999) With Ada Rohde and Anatol Stefanowitsch

     
     

    "The Theory of Loanwords." Guest Lecture, Seminar on Cognitive Linguistics, University of Hamburg, Germany. (July, 1999) With Ada Rohde and Anatol Stefanowitsch

     
    Editorial Positions
     Associate Editor, Typological Studies in Language. John Benjamins. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Discourse and Cognition, 2002-present. (2008 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Jezikoslovlje (Croatian Journal of Linguistics). (2010 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, China International Forum on Cognitive Linguistics. (2008 - 2013)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Martin Hilpert, Ph.D. Germanic Future Constructions: A Usage-Based Approach to Grammaticalization. (2007) (Thesis Director)

     Jayeon Jeong, M.A. The Concept of "Attachment" in Co-Speech Gesture: A Comparative Study on English and Korean. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Soyeon Yoon, Ph.D. : Semantic Compatibility and Coercion: An Empirical Usage-based Approach. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Hannah Bosley, B.A. The "Moist" Phenomenon: Linguistic and Cognitive Correlates of Word Aversion. (2013) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Member, Linguistic Society of America (1983-present)

     Named Visiting Professor, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute (Summer 2001)

     Coordinator, Nilo-Saharan Research Network, National Science Foundation supported (2001-present)

     President, International Cognitive Linguistics Association (2001-2003)

     Member, Association for Linguistic Typology (1997-present)

     Outstanding Associate, Sid Richardson College (April 2001)

     Member, Linguistic Society of America (1983-present)

     Governing Board, International Cognitive Linguistics Association (1999-2001)

     Member, Association for Linguistic Typology (1997-present)

     Member, Linguistic Society of America (1983-present)

     Elected to Governing Board, International Cognitive Linguistics Association (1999-2001)

     Member, Association for Linguistic Typology (1997-present)