Gabriella Rundblad

Gabriella Rundblad
King's College London | KCL · Department of Education and Professional Studies

PhD

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Introduction
I am a Cognitive Linguist who specialises in Semantics and Pragmatics in Typical/Atypical Language Development and in Health Communication. To this end, I employ Psycholinguistic, Discourse Analytical and Corpus Linguistic approaches, as well as conventional Social Science methods, such as surveys, focus groups and interviews. I teach Semantics, Psycholinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Linguistics, Quantitative Research Methods and Mixed Methods.
Additional affiliations
September 2004 - present
King's College London
September 1999 - August 2004
University of East Anglia
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
August 1993 - December 1997
Stockholm University
Field of study
  • English Linguistics

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Publications (49)
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The mass media has an important role in informing the general public about emerging health risks. Content-based studies of risk communication in the media have revealed a tendency to exaggerate risks or simplify science, but linguistic studies in this area are still scarce. This paper outlines a corpus based investigation of media reporting on the...
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When public health is endangered, the general public can only protect themselves if timely messages are received and understood. Previous research has shown that the cause of threats to public health can affect risk perception and behaviours. This study compares compliance to public health advice and consumer behaviour during two “Boil Water” notic...
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Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty comprehending metaphors. However, no study to date has examined whether or not they understand conceptual metaphors (i.e. mappings between conceptual structures), which could be the building blocks of metaphoric thinking and understanding. We investigated whether 13 participants with A...
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One of the most noticeable problems in autism involves the social use of language such as metaphor and metonymy, both of which are very common in daily language use. The present study is the first to investigate the development of metaphor and metonymy comprehension in autism. Eleven children with autism were compared to 17 typically developing chi...
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Cognitive approaches to discourse analysis examine the relationships between language, conceptual structure and the social contexts of language use. In this chapter, we use conceptual blending theory (BT) to investigate public knowledge and conceptualisations of the ways in which communicable diseases can be spread. The data come from three focus g...
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Previous studies have shown that comprehension of figurative language is impaired in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, most studies have focused on lexicalized expressions and have only examined performance at one particular point in time, without examining how performance changes over development. The current study examined...
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Discursive approaches to metaphor recognize that different social contexts and discourse activities will influence metaphor use. Using a descriptive text written by a participant with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a case study, we demonstrate how, in a research context, metaphors do not only serve a representational function but they can a...
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The semantic structure of animal and emotion terms was here under investigation. In Study one, Chinese-English bilinguals and monolingual English and Chinese speakers provided similarity judgments. Those, once analysed with correspondence analysis, provided a multidimensional representation of the semantic structure of animal terms; with the greate...
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Cross language priming in the visual modality is a well-established paradigm that offers insights into the representation of the bilingual mental lexicon; however, here we employ a novel form of priming, (i.e., an animacy decision task), to test previous outcomes. In addition, this study is the first to carry out an auditory priming task with bilin...
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The United States water industry faces great challenges in getting accurate and suitably tailored information on risk, contaminants, and water quality across to consumers, especially in the context of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs). The Water Research Foundation has responded to the increasing need for research and utility tools though a s...
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Receiving accurate and timely advice about extreme weather events can impact a person's likelihood to survive, cope with and minimise exposure. Advice-giving seems to be a common interpersonal strategy in weather commentaries in many Chinese newspapers, yet research into weather advice-giving is greatly lacking. This study investigated whether the...
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The health risks posed by heatwaves have been well documented. In the UK, before and during a heatwave, alerts are issued to the general public based on a tiered warning system integrating the use of colour and number sequences. There has of yet been no formal assessment of the public response to these messages. Cultural and language barriers make...
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The highly complex and controversial topic of vaccine safety communication warrants innovative, user-centered solutions that would start with gaining mutual respect while taking into account the needs, concerns and underlying motives of patients, parents and physicians. To this end, a non-profit collaborative project was conducted by The Vienna Vac...
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Modern health protection generally affords vaccination against infectious diseases along with other environmental health threats. However, with the increase both in development of new vaccines and in making more and more vaccines available to the general public comes an increase in health scares, mainly in the media. In the wake of health scares, w...
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The United States water industry faces great challenges in getting accurate and suitably tailored information on risk, contaminants, and water quality across to consumers, especially in the context of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs). The Water Research Foundation has responded to the increasing need for research and utility tools though a s...
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The majority of vaccines are administered during childhood. Vaccination records are important documents to be kept for a lifetime, but the documentation of immunization events is poorly standardized. At the point of care, paper records are often unavailable, making it impossible to obtain accurate vaccination histories. Vaccination records should i...
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The second volume of selected papers from UK-CLA meetings was published in January 2014 and is edited by Gabriella Rundblad, Aga Tytus, Olivia Knapton and Chris Tang. http://www.uk-cla.org.uk/proceedings/volume_2_36
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Unlabelled: Previous studies that have investigated the relationship between performance on theory of mind (ToM) tasks and verbal abilities in individuals with Williams syndrome (WS) have reported contradictory findings with some showing that language abilities aid performance on ToM tasks while others have found that participants with WS fail the...
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Vaccines offer the most cost-effective approach to controlling infectious diseases. Access to vaccines remains unequal and suboptimal, particularly in poorer developing countries. Introduction of new vaccines and long-term sustainability of immunization programs will require proactive planning from conception to implementation. International and na...
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Although media reporting on health risks has a tendency to stir up worry, this worry is often misplaced when reports involve the misrepresentation of unsubstantiated scientific evidence. The presence of endocrine-disrupting compounds and pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the water supply has attracted substantial media attention, partic...
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This study investigated the development of novel metaphor and metonymy comprehension in both typically developing (TD) children and individuals with Williams syndrome (WS). Thirty-one TD children between the ages of 3;09 and 17;01 and thirty-four individuals with WS between the ages of 7;01 and 44 years old were administered a newly developed task...
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Raising Awareness With more vaccines available and accessible around the world, globalization of vaccine safety efforts has become increasingly important. As a result of successful immunization programmes in many parts of the world, parents and many healthcare providers (HCP) have limited or no experience with the devastating effects of diseases s...
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With more vaccines becoming available worldwide, vaccine research is on the rise in developing countries. To gain a better understanding of safety reporting from vaccine clinical research in developing countries, we conducted a systematic review in Medline and Embase (1989-2011) of published randomized clinical trials (RCTs) reporting safety outcom...
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Williams Syndrome (WS) is a developmental disorder, which due to its specific cognitive profile, has been of interest to multidisciplinary research in order to study the pathways between cognition, brain, and genes. Previous studies investigating individual performance on cognitive tasks have reported large variability within the WS cognitive profi...
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During times of public health emergencies, effective communication between the emergency response agencies and the affected public is important to ensure that people protect themselves from injury or disease. In order to investigate compliance with public health advice during natural disasters, we examined consumer behaviour during two water notice...
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Figurative language, such as metaphor and metonymy are common in our daily communication. This is one of the first studies to investigate metaphor and metonymy comprehension using a developmental approach. Forty-five typically developing individuals participated in a metaphor-metonymy verbal comprehension task incorporating 20 short picture-stories...
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Figurative language, such as metaphor and metonymy, is very common in daily language use. Its underlying cognitive processes are sometimes viewed as lying at the interface of language and thought. Williams syndrome, which is a rare genetic developmental disorder, provides an opportunity to study this interface because individuals with this disorder...
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The role of passive voice as a device used in medical and scientific discourse to mystify the author is clearly articulated and well-known. Through analysis of the Methods section of nine medical research articles, this paper shows that metonymy is another frequently used impersonalisation strategy in medical discourse. Furthermore, this paper argu...
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In communicating health risks to the public, it is essential that the message delivered is not misunderstood, as this can lead to risk behaviour. There has been much interest in risk communication and trust, but here we take this further by a cognitive and linguistic analysis of the intended and understood meanings of core words in drinking-water i...
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The impersonalizing role passive voice plays in scientific discourse is well known. Analysis of the Methods sections of nine medical research articles shows that metonymy is another frequent strategy used to create anonymous authors/agents. Discourse agents were categorized into four semantic domains: familial lay, nonfamilial lay, authorial profes...
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In this paper, we investigate two scientific articles at opposite ends of the MMR debate-Wakefield et al. (1998) (which started the debate) and Taylor et al. (1999)-and four media articles published to inform the public of the results of these two scientific studies. Because people need to assess truth claims about health risks, communicators seek...
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Folk etymologies often begin as highly individual constructions, but yet seem to conform to some kind of collective reality, which enables language users to accommodate folk etymologised words with apparent ease. In this paper, we will explore the semantic and cultural nature of folk etymology, the mechanisms underlying it, and the insights it offe...
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Some of the most striking facts when working with synonyms and lexical fields are that some words are so remarkably frequently used, that they only reluctantly give way to other synonymous words and that some words do not (or at least seldom) die. I will present the results of an investigation of the English nouns in the lexical field ‘natural wate...
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1. Introduction 2. Brook Memoir by Alan Shelston 3. List of Contributors 4. Lexical Gaps, Cognition and Linguistic Change (by Fischer, Andreas) 5. Folk-Etymology: Haphazard Perversion or Shrewd Analogy? (by Rundblad, Gabriella) 6. Mechanisms of Semantic Change in Nouns of Cognition: a General Model? (by Koivisto-Alanko, Paivi) 7. Historical Semanti...

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This study will identify the nature and potential for social learning about COVID-19 vulnerability and the need for social distancing amongst UK Bangladeshis. Most crucially, we will address the potential exclusion of the vulnerable group of older Bangladeshis within current approaches to communication by identifying ways of boosting the potential for social learning about COVID-19 in the Bangladeshi community. Bangladeshi community.