Eve Sweetser

Professor Emerita
Department of Linguistics
University of California Berkeley

Email: sweetser@berkeley.edu


Eve Sweetser is Professor Emerita of Linguistics and former Director of the Program in Celtic Studies at the University of California Berkeley. Her primary research interests include historical linguistics, semantics and meaning changes, the semantics of grammatical constructions, cognitive linguistics, metaphor and iconicity, subjectivity and viewpoint, the relationship between language and gesture, and the Celtic language family. Her 1990 book, From Etymology to Pragmatics (Cambridge University Press), explores generalizations about synchronic and diachronic patterns of meaning in the areas of model verbs and conjunctions. Her 2005 book, Mental Spaces in Grammar: Conditional Constructions (CUP 2005), was coauthored with Barbara Dancygier, and examines the syntax and semantics of a wide range of English conditional constructions, using a Mental Spaces model of semantics. More recently, she and Dancygier co-edited Viewpoint in Language: A Multi-Modal Perspective (CUP 2012); and their co-authored Cambridge linguistics textbook Figurative Language was published in March 2014. She has published articles on topics including modality, polysemy, metaphor, conditional constructions, grammatical meaning, performativity, gesture, and Medieval Welsh poetics.