Academic Research

Education Theory

  • Participant in TLRP a project on Philosophy of Education and Educational Policy.
  • Conducted a literature research and review for the National Evaluation of Children's Trusts, see www.bohemica.com/nect.

Linguistic Theory

Research and Publication

  • Conducted research on metaphors in educational discourse as part of an MA by Research programme at University of East Anglia . Thesis to be completed in August, 2005. Presented research results at several departmental and interdepartmental seminars (details including PowerPoint and audio recoding of presentation on http://www.bohemica.com/metaphor).

  • Compiled an contrastive overview of cohesive devices in English and Czech as part of a projected larger research (draft of first chapter on http://www.bohemica.com/cohesion)

  • Translated into Czech "Women, Fire and Dangerous Things" by George Lakoff and wrote chapter-length introduction containing a survey of Cognitive Linguistics since 1985. To appear in 2005.

  • Designed and taught a semester-long seminar on George Lakoff's "Women, Fire and Dangerous Things" at Charles University in Prague .

  • Wrote a manuscript introducing Unification Categorial Grammar (http://www.bohemica.com/ucg).

Conference Participation

  • Presented at conferences on topics ranging from cognitive grammar, language pedagogy, and use of computers in language instruction (see Employment History for details and links to abstracts).

  • Participated in over 30 conferences and workshops on linguistics, language teaching and philosophy held in the Czech Republic , United Kingdom , France , Spain , and Albania .

Interdisciplinary and Organizing Work

  • Organized a one-day interdisciplinary workshop Metaphors @ UEA for researchers interested in metaphor analysis.

  • Established a Cognitive Linguistics Reading Group at the University of Glasgow (2002-2003).

  • Established and maintain website of the Prague Linguistic Circle : http:/www.bohemica.com/plk. Also established a listserv discussion group for Czech linguists. Active 1994-1996.

Applied Linguistics

Corpora and NLP

  • Compiled a bi-lingual English/Czech parallel corpus annotated for use with ParaConc. (http://www.bohemica.com/corpus)

  • Extensive experience with using the British National Corpus and Czech National Corpus and concordancing software (see http://usj.ff.cuni.cz/CAAL for early review of text analysis software).

Language Materials Development

Language Teaching and Teacher Training

  • Published an article on learning styles in a professional journal for teachers of foreign languages.

  • Designed http://www.bohemica.com - teaching Czech language and culture online.

  • Coordinated curriculum design for teacher training and supervised materials development for a TEFL Certificate course.

  • Taught Czech and English as a Second/Foreign Language in a variety of contexts in several countries.

  • Designed and facilitated teacher training sessions for a TEFL Certificate training course as well as at private language schools on topics ranging from the basics of the communicative method to testing.