Heli Tissari


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Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 35 93


Dr. Heli Tissari has previously worked at the universities of Helsinki and Eastern Finland. She received a docentship in English philology at the University of Helsinki in 2012. She has specialized in historical cognitive linguistics. Her empirical, corpus-based research has focused on English words for emotions and their conceptual metaphors. She has also published on words for politeness together with Terttu Nevalainen and edited several volumes, among them Historical Cognitive Linguistics which she edited together with Margaret E. Winters and Kathryn Allan in 2010. Recently, she has also collaborated with Ulla Vanhatalo and Anna Idström in order to translate the Natural Semantic Metalanguage developed by Anna Wierzbicka and her collaborators into Finnish.



Selected publications

(the publications marked with an asterisk were part of my PhD thesis)

1. Articles in international peer-reviewed journals

*(2001) Affection, friendship, passion and charity: A history of four ‘love lexemes’ since the fifteenth century. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CII: 1, 49-76.

*(2001) Metaphors we love by: On the cognitive metaphors of love from the 15th century to the present. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 36, 217-242.

(2006) Justified pride? Metaphors of the word pride in English language corpora, 1418–1991. Nordic Journal of English Studies 5: 1, 15-49. http://ojs.ub.gu.se/ojs/index.php/njes/article/view/60/64

(2006) “Is love a tender thing?” Metaphors of the word love in Shakespeare’s plays. Studi Linguistici e Filologici Online 4.1, 131-174. http://www.humnet.unipi.it/slifo/

*(2010) “All this love and matter of love”: On the cognitive metaphors of love in Early Modern and Present-Day English. ERA (The bulletin of the English Research Association of Hiroshima) New Series 27: 1 & 2, 1-27.

(2014) with Ulla Vanhatalo & Anna Idström: Revisiting the universality of Natural Semantic Metalanguage: A view through Finnish. SKY Journal of Linguistics 27, 67-94. http://www.linguistics.fi/julkaisut/sky2014.shtml

(2017) Current emotion research in English linguistics: Words for emotions in the history of English. Emotion Review 9(1): 86-94. DOI: 10.1177/1754073916632064.

(2017, second author) with Ulla Vanhatalo. Esittelyssä alkusanakieli. [An introduction to the Finnish version of the Natural Semantic Metalanguage.] Virittäjä 121: 2, 244-263.

(2019, first author) with Ulla Vanhatalo & Mari Siiroinen: From corpus-assisted to corpus-driven NSM explications: The case of Finnish viha (anger, hate). Lege Artis IV: 1, 290-334. https://lartis.sk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Tissari_et_al_Issue-1_2019.pdf

2. Articles in international, peer-reviewed edited volumes

*(2000) Five hundred years of love: A prototype-semantic analysis. Lexicology, Semantics and Lexicography: Selected Papers from the Fourth C.L. Brook Symposium Manchester, August 1998, ed. by Christian J. Kay & Julie Coleman. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 127-156.

*(2005) Love in words: Experience and conceptualization in the modern English lexicon of love. Perspectives on Variation: Sociolinguistic, Historical, Comparative, ed. by Nicole Delbecque, Johan van der Auwera & Dirk Geeraerts. (Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs 163.) Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 143-176.

(2004) Like like love: Comparing two modern English words diachronically. New Perspectives on English Historical Linguistics: Selected Papers from 12 ICEHL, Glasgow, 21-26 August 2002. Volume II: Lexis and Transmission, ed. by Christian Kay, Carole Hough & Irené Wotherspoon. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 252.) Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 235-249.

(2006) Conceptualizing shame: Investigating uses of the English word shame, 1418-1991. Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX), ed. by R.W. McConchie et al. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. 143-154. http://www.lingref.com/cpp/hel-lex/2005/paper1355.pdf

(2006) with Päivi Koivisto-Alanko: “Sense and sensibility”: Rational thought versus emotion in metaphorical language. Corpus-Based Approaches to Metaphor and Metonymy, ed. by Anatol Stefanowitsch & Stefan Th. Gries. (Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs 171.) Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 191-213.

(2006) with Terttu Nevalainen: Of politeness and people. The Power of Words: Essays in Lexicography, Lexicology and Semantics, ed. by Graham Caie, Carole Hough and Irené Wotherspoon. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Rodopi. 103-116.

(2007) Compressing emotion to politeness: On I fear and I’m afraid. Change in Meaning and the Meaning of Change: Studies in Semantics and Grammar from Old to Present-Day English, ed. by Matti Rissanen, Marianna Hintikka, Leena Kahlas-Tarkka & Roderick McConchie. (Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki LXXII.) Helsinki: Société Néophilologique. 57-90.

(2008) A look at respect: Investigating metonymies in Early Modern English. English Historical Linguistics 2006. Volume II: Lexical and Semantic Change. Selected Papers from the fourteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 14), Bergamo, 21-25 August 2006, ed. by Richard Dury, Maurizio Gotti & Marina Dossena. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 296.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 139-157.

(2010) Love, metaphor and responsibility: Some examples from Early Modern and Present-Day English corpora. Researching and Applying Metaphor in the Real World, ed. by Graham Low, Zazie Todd, Alice Deignan and Lynne Cameron. (Human Cognitive Processing 26.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 125-143.

(2010) English words for emotions and their metaphors. Historical Cognitive Linguistics, ed. by Margaret E. Winters, Heli Tissari & Kathryn Allan. (Cognitive Linguistics Research 47.) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 298-329.

(2010) with Terttu Nevalainen: Contextualizing 18th-century politeness: Social distinction and metaphorical levelling. Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change, ed. by Raymond Hickey. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 133-158.

(2011) Oops blush! Beyond metaphors of emotion. Converging and Diverging Tendencies in Cognitive Linguistics, ed. by Stefan Th. Gries, Mario Brdar & Milena Zic Fuchs. (Human Cognitive Processing 32.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 291–304.

(2012) Integrating naming, claiming and story-telling: Towards a broader cognitive linguistic understanding of emotion. Dynamicity in Emotion Concepts, ed. by Paul Wilson. (Łodź Studies in Language 27.) Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 95-122.

(2013) with Anu Realo, Mari Siiroinen & Liisi Kööts-Ausmees: Finno-Ugric emotions: The meaning of anger in Estonian and Finnish. Components of Emotional Meaning: A Sourcebook, ed. by Johnny J. R. Fontaine, Klaus Scherer & Cristina Soriano. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 328-338.

(2017) Corpus-linguistic approaches to metaphor analysis. The Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language, ed. by Elena Semino & Zsófia Demjen. London: Routledge. 117-130.

3. Scientific books (monographs, edited volumes)

*(2003) LOVEscapes: Changes in Prototypical Senses and Cognitive Metaphors Since 1500. (Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki LXII.) Helsinki: Société Néophilologique.

(2006) with R.W. McConchie, Olga Timofeeva & Tanja Säily (eds.) Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. http://www.lingref.com/cpp/hel-lex/2005/index.html

(2008) with Mari Lehtinen, Pentti Haddington, Leena Kolehmainen & Jukka Mäkisalo (eds.) SKY Journal of Linguistics 21. Helsinki: Suomen Kielitieteellinen Yhdistys (The Linguistic Association of Finland.) (366 pp.) http://www.linguistics.fi/julkaisut/sky2008.shtml

(2008) with Anne Birgitta Pessi & Mikko Salmela (eds.) Happiness: Cognition, Experience, Language. COLLeGIUM Studies Across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences 3. Helsinki: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki. http://www.helsinki.fi/collegium/journal/volumes/volume_3/index.htm

(2009) with Mari Lehtinen, Jukka Mäkisalo, Rea Peltola & Katja Västi (eds.) SKY Journal of Linguistics 22. Helsinki: Suomen Kielitieteellinen Yhdistys (The Linguistic Association of Finland.) (332 pp.) http://www.linguistics.fi/julkaisut/sky2009.shtml

(2009) ed. Approaches to Language and Cognition. Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English, Volume 3. http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/journal/volumes/03/

(2010) with Mark Kaunisto, Rea Peltola, Erika Sandman & Katja Västi (eds.) SKY Journal of Linguistics 23. Helsinki: Suomen Kielitieteellinen Yhdistys (The Linguistic Association of Finland.) (371 pp.) http://www.linguistics.fi/julkaisut/sky2010.shtml

(2010) with Margaret E. Winters & Kathryn Allan (eds.) Historical Cognitive Linguistics. (Cognitive Linguistics Research 47.) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.