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Marlene Johansson Falck

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of English Linguistics


Works at

Professor at Department of Language Studies Units: English
A, Humanisthuset, korridor HF2 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliated as other position at Faculty of Arts, Dean's Office
Förvaltningshuset, östra flygeln, plan 4, Umeå universitet, Universitetstorget Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå


My research interests are in the fields of Cognitive Linguistics, corpus linguistics, experimental psycholinguistics, and second language teaching and learning. I am especially interested in metaphor, and in the relationship between spatial language, bodily experience and cognition.

My research project (2010-2014) Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Teaching: A case study of the English prepositions in, at, and on (funded by The Swedish Academy and The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities) focuses on the usage patterns of Swedish and English prepositions, and on applying insights gained from these analyses to the teaching and learning of English prepositions.

I received my Ph.D in English Linguistics from Luleå University of Technology in 2005. My thesis Technology, Language and Thought: Extensions of Meaning in the English Lexicon deals with how important inventions and discoveries have helped people to structure language and thought in metaphorical ways.

I was a post-doctoral Fellow in the Psychology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) (funded by the Swedish Research Council) 2008- 2010 . There I conducted research on vocal iconic gestures, and on embodied motivations for motion metaphors combining corpus linguistic and experimental methods.

Research visits

2008-2010: Postdoctoral fellow, Psychology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), USA.
March 1-April 31, 2014: Visiting scholar, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.
July 21-December 21, 2014 : Visiting scholar, Psychology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), USA.



Associate Editor of Metaphor and Symbol. 2020-

Co-chair (together with Linda Greve, the Science Museums, Aarhus University) of the Scandinavian network for metaphor research MetNet Scandinvania. Follow us on Twitter, Follow us on Instagram. (2018-)

Member (President) of the Governing Board of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC) 2017-2019. Member (Treasurer) of the Governing Board of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC) 2013-2017.

Member (Secretary) of the Governing Board of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC) 2011-2013.
Associate Editor of Bibliography of Metaphor and Metonymy (Metbib). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012-2014.
Associate Editor for the Public Journal of Semiotics (PJOS). 2015-2017

Member of the research network CogLing UmU. (2017-)

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Cognitive Semantics, Amsterdam: Brill Academic Publishers 2022, Vol. 8, (2) : 294-322
Johansson Falck, Marlene; Okonski, Lacey
Cognitive Semantics, Umeå: Brill Academic Publishers 2020, Vol. 6, (1) : 29-55
Johansson Falck, Marlene; Lundmark, Carita
Proceedings of the 15th SweCog Conference, Skövde: University of Skövde 2019 : 29-31
Björklund, Johanna; Johansson Falck, Marlene
MetNetScandinavia 2019
Johansson Falck, Marlene
LMS : Lingua, Språklärarnas riksförbund 2019, (4) : 20-23
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Metaphor identification in multiple languages: MIPVU around the world, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company 2019 : 137-158
Nacey, Susan Lee; Greve, Linda; Johansson Falck, Marlene
What is applied cognitive linguistics?: Answers from current SLA research, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 2018 : 287-304
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Metaphor and Symbol, Taylor & Francis Group 2018, Vol. 33, (2) : 61-84
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Constructing families of constructions: analytical perspectives and theoretical challenges, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company 2017 : 53-76
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Språk och stil, Uppsala: 2017, Vol. NF 27 : 96-128
Waldmann, Christian; Johansson Falck, Marlene
International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, John Benjamins Publishing Company 2016, Vol. 21, (1) : 28-47
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Språkdidaktik: researching language teaching and learning, Umeå: Umeå Universitet 2015 : 61-73
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Cognitive science, New York: John Wiley & Sons 2015, Vol. 39, (6) : 1348-1368
Perlman, Marcus; Clark, Nathaniel; Johansson Falck, Marlene
Cognitive Linguistic Studies, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014, Vol. 1, (2) : 271-288
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Language and the creative mind, Stanford: CSLI Publications 2013 : 393-410
Clark, Nathaniel; Perlman, Marcus; Johansson Falck, Marlene
The Construal of Spatial Meaning: Windows into Conceptual Space, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013 : 214-235
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Cognitive linguistics: the quantitative turn : the essential reader, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 2013 : 81-102
Johansson Falck, Marlene; Gibbs Jr, Raymond W
Metaphor in Use: Context, culture, and communication, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company 2012 : 109-134
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Space and Time in Languages and Cultures II: Language, Culture and Cognition, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company 2012 : 329-349
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Cognitive Linguistics, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 2012, Vol. 23, (2) : 251-272
Johansson Falck, Marlene; Gibbs W Jr, Raymond
Review of Cognitive Linguistics, Amsterdam: John Benjamins 2010, Vol. 8, (1) : 93-122
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Metaphor and Symbol, Vol. 25, (2) : 114-121
Johansson Falck, Marlene
Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009

Research groups

CogLing UmU

Teaching and supervision

I teach linguistics courses and supervise essays at various levels. I am the main supervisor for PhD candidates Leonardo Nazar and Kajsa Törma. Previous supervision: Per Boström (PhD degree, September 21 2018) (co-supervisor), Elena Glotova (Phd degree, June 11 2021) (co-supervisor), and Daniel Kjellander (PhD degree May 5 2022)(main supervisor).

I was appointed recognised university teacher at Umeå university in 2020.

Previous teaching and supervision 

Luleå University of Technology (1998-2003), and Stockholm University (Jan 2006- Dec 2007).