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Louise is a Senior Lecturer in Stylistics at the University of Huddersfield, which she joined in January 2016. Louise gained her PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2015, where she also obtained a BA in English Studies in 2010 and an MA in Literary Linguistics in 2012. Her PhD research investigated the application of cognitive grammar in the stylistic analysis of prose fiction, focusing on the linguistic projection of character minds. Both her MA and PhD were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her first published article was awarded the 2015 PALA Prize for best article published in Sage’s Language and Literature journal by a newcomer to the field.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Cognitive stylistic approaches to the analysis of prose and poetry
  • Linguistic representations of mind/worldview in fiction or non-fiction
  • Applications of cognitive grammar to discourse

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Research Output

Cognitive Grammar and reconstrual: Re-experiencing Margaret Atwood’s “The Freeze-Dried Groom”

Harrison, C. & Nuttall, L., Feb 2019, Experiencing Fictional Worlds. Neurohr, B. & Stewart-Shaw, L. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing, p. 135-154 20 p. (Linguistic Approaches to Literature; vol. 32).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Transitivity, agency, mind style: What’s the lowest common denominator?

    Nuttall, L., 1 May 2019, In : Language and Literature. 28, 2, p. 159-179 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • ‘Real’ Mind Style and Authenticity Effects in Fiction: Represented Experiences of War in Atonement

    Nuttall, L., 19 Aug 2019, In : Style. 53, 2, p. 215-235 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Cognitive Grammar: how do the structures of language create meaning in The Handmaid's Tale?

    Nuttall, L., Aug 2018, Babel: The Language Magazine, 24, p. 26-28 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Mind Style and Cognitive Grammar: Language and Worldview in Speculative Fiction

    Nuttall, L., 6 Sep 2018, 1 ed. Bloomsbury Academic. 208 p. (Advances in Stylistics)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook