Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Structure of the Institute of English Studies University of Warsaw

Elżbieta Górska

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Degrees and titles:

  • M.A., University of Warsaw, 1978
  • Ph.D., Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, 1987
  • Assistant Professor, 1987
  • Associate Professor, 2000
  • Professor, 2006

Research interests:

  • cognitive linguistics
    • metonymy
    • metaphor
  • multimodal metaphors
  • linguistic coding of concepts in cross-cultural perspective
    • lexicalization patterns (verbs of motion, verbs of perception)
    • part-whole relations
    • theory of cognitive grammar
    • cognitive morphology
    • grammaticalization
  • lexical semantics
  • morphology of English
  • theory of morphology

Research Grants/Scholarships

  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, U.S.A., 1983/84, ten months research grant.
  • University of Cambridge, England, August/September 1989, Cambridge Hospitality Scheme for Polish Scholars.
  • University of Cologne, Germany, August/September 1992, Heinrich-Hertz Stiftung Scholarship.
  • University of California, San Diego, U.S.A., 1995/1996, ten month Fulbright grant.
  • University of Tokyo, Komaba, Japan, March 1998, scholarship of the Japanese Ministry of Education. 
  • Grants for Scientific Achievements of Rector of the University of Warsaw: 2000/2001 (12 months); 2001/2002 (12 months); 2003 (12 months).
  • Hamburg University, Germany, short term visits in November 2000, June 2002, May 2004, June 2008, June 2010, as part of a long-term co-operation with the Institut  für Anglistik und Amerikanistik – 1993 – present.

Professional Society Memberships:

  • International Cognitive Linguistics Association:  1993 – present
  • Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association: 2000 - present
  • Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association: 2001 – present (founding member)
  • vice-President: 2009-2010.
  •  Scientific Committee Member (Secretary): 2013 – 2015
  • Chair of the Scientific Committee: (Sept.) 2015 – present

Conference Board Memberships:

  • 8th  International Conference of Cognitive Linguistics, La Rioja, Spain, 2003, (Scientific Committee)
  • 10th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Kraków,  Poland, 2007, (Organizing Committee)
  • 3rd International Seminar on Metaphor and Discourse,  Castelló de la Plana, Spain, 2011 (Scientific Committee)
  • Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association Conference, Wrocław, 2012 (Scientific Committee)
  • 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Edmonton, Canada, 2013 (Scientific Committee)
  • 4th RaAM Seminar (Researching and Applying Metaphor), Poznań, Poland, 2013, (Scientific Committee)
  • 13th International Cognitive Linguistic Conference, Newcastle, England, 2015  (Scientific Committee)


    Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association Conference, Lublin, 2015 (Scientific Committee)
  • 4th International Seminar on Metaphor and Discourse,  Castelló de la Plana, Spain 2015 (Scientific Committee)


    Conference of the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association: "Cognitive Linguistics in 2016", Olsztyn, 22-24 September, 2016 (Scientific Committee)
  • 3rd Conference on Figurative Thought and Language, Osijek (Croatia), 26-28 April, 2017 (Scientific Committee)
  • 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Tartu, Estonia, 10-14 July, 2017 (Scientific Committee)
  • Conference of the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association: "Cognitive Linguistics in 2017", Rzeszów, 21-23 September, 2017 (Scientific Committee)

Publication Board Memberships:

  • Review of Cognitive Linguistics (till 2009: Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics), Advisory Board,  2003 – present
  • Journal of Cognitive Science, a journal of the Cognitive Science Society of Korea,  Group of Experts, 2012.
  • Jezikoslovlje,  Board of Consulting Editors,  2002 – present
  • Human Cognitive Processing, a series published by John Benjamins, Editorial Advisory Board, 2010 – present

Guest lectures and plenary talks:

  • "Angielskie przymiotniki prywatywne w ujęciu gramatyki kognitywnej", guest lecture, Pracownia Semantyki Wypowiedzi, Wydział Polonistyki, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, November 18, 1993.
  • "The approach of cognitive grammar to morpholgy: An analysis of English privative adjectives",  guest lecture,  University of Tokyo, Komaba, Japonia, March 11, 1998.
  • "Approaches to part-whole relations", two guest lectures, University of Tokyo, Komaba, Japonia, March 17-18, 1998.
  • "Alternate construal, iconicity and grounding: The case of nominals with the noun part",  guest lecture, Hamburg University, Germany, November 7, 2000.
  • "Cognitive morphology: A case of English privative adjectives", guest lecture, Hamburg University, Germany, November 8,  2000.
  • "In search of evidence for metaphorical reasoning", guest lecture, Hamburg, HamburgUniversity, Germany, June 17, 2010

  • "Why are multimodal metaphors interesting? The perspective of verbo-visual and verbo-musical modalities", plenary talk, Cognitive Linguistics in 2012, Wrocław, Poland, September 17, 2012.
  • “From music to language and back”, plenary talk, Intersemiotic Translation,  Łódź, Poland, September 26, 2013. 
  • "Image schemas as tools of analysis of grammar, lexicon, and multimodal discourse. A cognitive linguistics approach”, a plenary lecture, ENGHUM workshop: Transdisciplinary research on language, culture and society, organized as part of the project „Engaged humanities in Europe: Capacity building for participatory research in linguistic-cultural heritage”, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Artes Liberales, February 6, 2018.

Supervised Ph.D. dissertations:

  1. Agata Kochańska: “Selected Issues in the Semantics of the Polish Imperfective. A Cognitive Grammar Account”  (2002) 
  2. Urszula Chybowska: "The Role of the Hearer in the Directive Speech Act. A Cognitive Study" (2005)
  3. Emilia Królak: "Fictive Interaction: Its Functions and Usage in Discourse. A Cognitive Study" (2009)
  4. Kinga Rudnicka: "Transitivity as a Construal Phenomenon. A Cognitive Study" (2010)
  5. Joanna Łozińska-Bastek: „Dynamic Senses of Selected Prepositions in the Acquisition of Polish. A Cognitive Study” (2010)
  6. Agnieszka Piórkowska: "On the Margins of the Modality Category: The Case of Boulomaic Modality. A Cognitive Study" (2011)
  7. Magdalena Rybarczyk: "Dynamics of Nominal Reference in Discourse. A Cognitive Study of Implicit Interpersonal Relations" (2012); the dissertation was expanded into a research monograph entitled Demonstratives and Possessives with Attitude: An intersubjectively-oriented empirical study, published in 2015 by John Benjamins Publishing Company. 
  8. Daniel Karczewski: “Genericity in Language and Thought. A Cognitive Study” (2013; Award of the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association for the Best Ph.D. dissertation in Cognitive Linguistics in 2013). Published version available here.
  9. Joanna Marhula: "Metaphor in Spoken Discourse. Towards Characterization of Tuning Devices in Radio Talk. A Case Study of BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour" (2015). Award of the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association for the Best Ph.D. dissertation in Cognitive Linguistics in 2015.

Selected publications:

  • Górska, E. (Ed.). (1993). Images from the Cognitive Scene, Kraków: Universitas.
  • Górska, E. (1994). Moonless nights and smoke-free cities, or what can be without what? A cognitive study of privative adjectives in English. Folia Linguistica, 28/(3-4), 413-435.
  • Górska, E. (1995). Possession frame in word derivation: A case of English privative adjectives. In G. Persson & H. Kardela (Eds.), New trends in Semantics and Lexicography (pp. 35-51). Umeå: Acta Universitatis.
  • Górska, E. (1997). The approach of relation element theory to meronymy. Acta Philologica, 24, 89-112.
  • Górska, E. (1999). On Parts and Wholes. A Cognitive Study of English Schematic Part Terms. Warsaw: Warsaw University.
  • Górska, E. (2000). What’s ‘cognitive’ about cognitive grammar? Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny,47(3), 269-279.
  • Górska, E. (2001). The approach of cognitive grammar to the part-whole relation. Anglica, 11, 85-99.
  • Górska, E. (2001). O znaczeniu wyrażeń językowych w ujęciu gramatyki kognitywnej. Scripta Neophilologica Posnaniensia, 3, 57-67.
  • Górska, E. (2001). Recent derivatives with the suffix -less: A change in progress within the category of English privative adjectives? Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 36, 189-202.
  • Górska, E. (2002). The level of specificity of part terms and their function and usage. In B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk & K. Turewicz (Eds.), Cognitive Linguistics Today (pp. 501-515).Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • Górska, E. (2002). Alternate construals, iconicity, and grounding: The case of nominals with the noun part. Folia Linguistica,36(3-4), 313-334. 
  • Górska, E. (2002). On partonomy and taxonomy. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia,39,103-111.
  • Górska, E. (2004). Reference-point organization of collections. In B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk & A. Kwiatkowska (Eds.), Imagery in Language. Festschrift In Honour of Professor Ronald W. Langacker (pp. 259-267). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • Górska, E., & Radden G. (Eds.). (2005). Metonymy-Metaphor Collage, Warsaw: Warsaw University Press.
  • Górska, E. (2007). The reference-point ability and the English noun part and its cognates. In W. Chłopicki, A. Pawelec & A. Pokojska (Eds.), Cognition in Language: Essays in Honour of Professor Elżbieta Tabakowska (pp. 107-128). Kraków: Tertium.
  • Górska, E. (2008). Four arguments for patterns of metaphorical thought. Acta Philologica, 35, 15-31.
  • Górska, E. (2009). On the diversity of linguistic evidence for conceptual metaphor. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 45(2), 81-1.
  • Górska, E. (2010). LIFE IS MUSIC: A case study of a novel metaphor and its use in discourse.  English Text Construction,3/2 (Special Issue: Textual choices and discourse genres: Creating meaning through form, edited by B. Dancygier & J. Sanders), 275-293. [Reprinted in B. Dancygier, J. Sanders & L. Vandelanotte (Eds.). (2012). Textual choices and discourse. A view from cognitive linguistics (pp. 137-155). Amsterdam: Benjamins.] 
  • Górska, E. (2014). Why are multimodal metaphors interesting? The perspective of verbo-visual and verbo-musical modalities. In M. Kuźniak, Libura, A.  & M. Szawerna (Eds.), From Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Cognitive EthnolinguisticsPatterns of Imagery in Language (pp. 17-36). Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang.
  • Górska, E. (2014). Dynamiczne podejście do metafory. Prace Filologiczne 64(2), 109-122.
  • Górska, E.  (2014). The up/down  orientation in language and music. In M. Matthias & I.  Kraska-Szlenk (Eds.), The Body in Language. Comparative Studies of Linguistic Embodiment (pp. 177-195). Leiden: Brill (Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture 8). 
  • Górska, E. 2017a. Text-image relations in cartoons. A case study of image schematic metaphors. Studia Linguistica Universitatis Iagellonicae Cracoviensis, 134(3) [Special Issue: Cognitive Linguistics], 219–228. doi:10.4467/20834624SL.17.015.7089
  • Górska, E. 2017b. The path schema in verbo-pictorial aphorisms on life. In: P. Łozowski & A. Głaz (Eds.),  The Route Sixty-Six: From Deep Structures to Surface Meanings. A Festschrift for Henryk Kardela on his 66th Birthday (pp. 219–235). Lublin: Wydawnictwa UMCS.