MemberDaniel McClellan

I recently received my PhD from the University of Exeter, where I am wrote my doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Francesca Stavrakopoulou. My dissertation treats the concept of divine agency in the Hebrew Bible through the methodological lenses of cognitive linguistics and the cognitive science of religion. More specifically, it interrogates the notion of communicable agency as represented by the ark of the covenant and the messenger of YHWH. My thesis at Trinity Western University interrogated the conceptualization of deity in the Hebrew Bible through the application of cognitive linguistic frameworks. Among other things, it concluded that the conceptual category of deity was not clearly delineated and extended well beyond the traditional dichotomous view of deity as “Wholly Other.” My thesis at the University of Oxford, “Anti-Anthropomorphism and the Vorlage of LXX Exodus,” examined the case for translator exegesis in the so-called anti-anthropomorphic variants in the Septuagint. It was awarded the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies’ annual award for “Best Dissertation.” While my primary areas of specialization are early Israelite religion, textual criticism, and Second Temple Judaism, my work in cognitive linguistics and the cognitive science of religion has expanded my research interests into broader studies of religion, religious identity, and linguistics. I currently work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a scripture translation supervisor, and for Brigham Young University as an adjunct instructor of ancient scripture.

MemberBabette Verhoeven

An Anglophile since early childhood, I completed my degree in English Language & Literature in Amsterdam, before moving to the UK. There, I started out as a secondary school English teacher and I am now a part-time English teacher in a 6th form college (where I teach mostly A level English Language). Since September 2016, I am also a part-time PhD student, researching English teachers’ cognition with regard to ‘Knowledge About Language’ and its relationship to current language ideologies. In my research, I employ Corpus Linguistics methodologies in order to locate language ideologies in general, public, as well as educational discourses. My interest in Linguistics has also led me to become a Linguistics Olympiad problem writer in 2011. I also work as a Principal Examiner for A level English Language and produce A level English teaching resources for As well as being a native speaker of Dutch, I speak fluent English & German and have some proficiency in a few other languages. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am a keen learner of languages and have interests in Corpus Linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, Linguistic Typology, Cognitive Linguistics, & Bilingualism/Multilingualism.


…dies University(SISU), 2018-present
Research Interests: Cognitive Literary Studies; Cognitive Approaches to Shakespeare
Honors and Awards: The First Prize Scholarship of SISU(2018-2019; 2019-2020)
Research Project: The “Body-Mind” Relationship in Shakespeare’ Works (2019-2021), sponsored by SISU
Advisor: Prof. Xiong Muqing

M.A., Sichuan International Studies University, 2013-2016
Research Fields: Cognitive Linguistics & Cognitive Poetics
Thesis: “The Metaphorical System of ‘Nature-Man- Text’ in Chinese Poetics: A Cognitive Cultural Study”
Honors and Awards: National Scholarship of China (2015-2016); The First Prize Scholarship of SISU(2013-2014; 2014-2015)
Research Project: Cognitive Upgradation of Cultural Linguistics (2014-2016), sponsored by Chongqing Municipal Education Commission, Ch…
…ortunity for Literary Studies.” Chongqing Social Sciences. 2019(4) :118-127.

“On Literary Imagination and Cognitive Simulation: A Cognitive Analysis of the Dover Cliff Scene in King Lear.” Cognitive Poetics, Aug. 2018.

“An Aesthetic Approach to Cognitive Literary Studies: A Review on Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind.”Cognitive Poetics, July 2016.

“The ‘Cultural Turn’ in Cognitive Linguistics.” Journal of Sichuan University For Nationalities, Apr. 2015.

“An Interpretation of The Death of the Hired Man from the Perspective of Cognitive Poetics.” Journal of Longdong University, Nov. 2014….

I am a doctoral candidate at Sichuan International Studies University, Chongqing, China, and a member of the Chinese Association of Cognitive Poetics and Cognitive Literary Studies. My research interests include cognitive poetics, cognitive literary studies, cognitive approaches to Shakespeare.

MemberMargaret Freeman

…icon through metaphor. Poetics Today 29.2: 353-370.
2008   Reading readers reading a poem: From conceptual to cognitive integration, Cognitive Semiotics 2: 102-128. CSN 1400223
2007   Poetic iconicity. In Cognition in Language: Volume in Honour of Professor Elzbieta Tabakowska,472-501. Władyslaw Chłopicki, Andrzej Pawelec and Agnieszka Pokojska, eds.  Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics. Kraków: Tertium. CSN 1399120
2007   Cognitive linguistic approaches to literary studies: State of the art in cognitive poetics. In The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, 1821-1866. Dirk Geeraerts and Hubert Cuyckens, eds. Oxford University Press. CSN 1427409
2007    The fall of the wall between literary studies and linguistics: Cognitive …

  Margaret H. Freeman is Professor Emerita, Los Angeles Valley College, and co-director of Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts ( She was a founding member and first president (1988-1992) of the Emily Dickinson International Society and moderates the monthly meetings of the Emily Dickinson Reading Circle at Myrifield in Heath, MA. She is a co-editor of the Oxford University Press series in Cognition and Poetics. Her research interests include cognitive poetics, aesthetics, linguistics, and literature. A list of her scholarly publications may be found at  

MemberShiloh Drake

My research investigates the structure of the lexicon, how words and morphemes are processed, and how we arrive at meaning. I conduct this work with English-, Maltese-, and Arabic-speaking populations, which enables me to explore morphological and lexical processing not only in monolingual populations but also in bilingual populations. I am also interested in morphological processing in clinical populations, such as people with Specific Language Impairment, Williams Syndrome, primary progressive aphasia – semantic variant, and people who have suffered from traumatic brain injury.