Faculty member makes presentation in Estonia

Jim Mischler

Dr. Jim Mischler, associate professor of English and head of the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies at Northwestern State University, recently made a presentation at the International Cognitive Linguistics Association conference in Tartu, Estonia.

Mischler’s presentation was “(E)motional intensity in English: A historical study.”

The ICLA is the professional organization for researchers in the field of cognitive linguistics, which studies the complex relationship between language and the human mind. Both the field and the ICLA have promoted and contributed to current knowledge of that relationship. The results of the research have included advances in language theory and also applications in a variety of interdisciplinary fields, including cognitive science, communication, literary and discourse studies, artificial intelligence and education.

The theme of the conference was “Linguistic Diversity and Cognitive Linguistics,” which alludes to the more than 6,000 languages spoken in the world today. The conference presentations described a wide variety of languages and their unique features.