Conference papers


Metaphors in L2 high-stakes exams. The 7th conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC7) (May). Aarhus University, Denmark.

‘Royal’ metaphors in Danish and Norwegian New Year’s Eve speeches. The 7th conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC7) (May). Aarhus University, Denmark. (with Linda Greve; Aarhus University, Denmark).

Education is Giving and Taking: A Comparative Study of Metaphor Usage in Australian and Norwegian University Promotional Videos. ICDE Lillehammer Lifelong Learning Summit (February). Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer, Norway. (with Allison Creed; University of Melbourne, Australia).


‘Royal’ clusters and deliberate metaphor: A comparative study of metaphor in Danish and Norwegian New Year’s Eve speeches. Metaphor Festival Amsterdam 2018 (August-September). University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. (with Linda Greve; Aarhus University, Denmark). Presentation, Metaphor Festival Amsterdam         Abstract, Metaphor Festival Amsterdam

Metaphorical analogies in an online discussion forum for relationship abuse survivors: “That analogy really works for me”. Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM 12: Metaphor across contexts and domains: from description to application; June).  Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.                    Presentation RaAM12  Abstract RaAM12


Development of L2 metaphorical competence from ages 10-19. Learner Corpus Research Conference 2017 (LCR 4; October). Bolzano, Italy.  Presentation LCR4 2017 (Nacey)     Abstract LCR 4, Nacey

Investigating fluency variables in learner language: Methodological concerns. Learner Corpus Research Conference 2017 (LCR 4; October). Bolzano, Italy (with Hege Larsson Aas). Presentation LCR2 2017 (Aas and Nacey)      Abstract LCR4 2017 Aas and Nacey

Tracking Written Learner Language (TRAWL): A longitudinal corpus of Norwegian pupils’ written texts in second/foreign languages. Learner Corpus Research Conference 2017 (LCR 4; October). Bolzano, Italy (Poster; with Hildegunn Dirdal, Eli-Marie Danbolt Drange, Anne-Line Graedler, Tale M. Guldal, Ingrid Kristine Hasund, and Sylvi Rørvik). Abstract LCR 4, Poster, Dirdal et al.

Career and working life:
 An investigation of metaphor usage in online promotional videos of Australian and Norwegian universities. 
RaAM Specialised Seminar (May). University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. (with Allison Creed; University of Southern Queensland, Australia). Abstract RaAM 2017


Weighing ethical considerations in corpus research based on online data sources. British Association of Applied Linguistics 2016 (BAAL 2016; September), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Presentation BAAL 2016    Abstract BAAL 2016

Metaphor in an online discussion forum for survivors of relationship abuse: You think your ex is a nurse shark, huh? 11th Conference for the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM11; July), Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.  Presentation RaAM 2016   Abstract RaAM 2016


Metaphor in multiple learner translations. Learner Corpus Research Conference 2015 (September), Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands.     Presentation LCR3 2015      Abstract LCR3 2015

Metaphor in L1-L2 translations. 8th International Corpus Linguistics Conference (July), Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. Abstract, CL 2015

Metaphor in L1-L2 novice translations. RaAM Specialised Seminar (June), Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Leiden, Netherlands. Abstract RaAM specialized seminar 2015


Metaphorical Prepositions in L2 English. IX Congreso Internacional de la Asociacion Espanola de Linguistica Cognitiva (AELCO2014) (October), Universidad de Extramadura, Badajoz, Spain. Presentation AELCO SCOLA2014    Abstract AELCO-SCOLA 2014

Error versus creativity: The metaphorical language of Norwegian L2 English learners. American Association of Corpus Linguistics AACL2014 (September), Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff AZ, USA.  Presentation AACL 2014    Abstract AACL 2014

Metaphor in L2 English: Error or creativity? Language Awareness 2014: Achievements and Challenges, ALA2014 (July), Hedmark University College, Hamar, Norway.  Presentation ALA 2014  Abstract ALA 2014

Metaphoricity in English L2 learners’ prepositions. Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM 10: Metaphor in Communication, Science and Education) (June), University of Cagliari, Italy.  Presentation RaAM 2014   Abstract RaAM 2014

Phrasal verbs in spoken and written L2 learner English. ICAME 35 (April), University of Nottingham, England. Abstract ICAME 2014


What can oral learner corpora reveal about preposition use? Learner Corpus Research Conference 2013 (September), Bergen, Norway.    Presentation LCR3 2015    Abstract LCR2013

The Norwegian component of LINDSEI. ICAME34 (May), Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  Presentation ICAME 34 2013     .

What learner corpora can reveal about preposition use. Compiling and using learner corpora to teach and assess productive and interactive skills in foreign languages at university level (May), Padua, Italy. Abstract Compiling and using learner corpora 2013


Metaphorical creativity and EFL English. Researching and Applying Metaphor: Metaphor in Mind and Society (July), Lancaster, England.  Presentation RaAM9 2012   Abstract RaAM 2012

Metaphorical creativity in the Expanding Circle. English in Europe: Debates and Discourses (April), Sheffield, England.


Communication strategies in a corpus of advanced learner English. Learner Corpus Research 2011 (September), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (with Anne-Line Graedler).  Presentation LCR1 2011     Abstract LCR1 2011

Life is like tennis: Serve well and you seldom lose. Issues in building a corpus of American church marquees. ICAME 32 (June), Oslo, Norway (Poster). Abstract ICAME 2011


The (near-)synonyms begin and start: evidence from translation corpora. Re-thinking synonymy: semantic sameness and similarity in languages and their description (October), Helsinki, Finland (with Thomas Egan).

A Bible Falling Apart Belongs To One Who Isn’t Metaphor in American Church Marquees. The 2010 Metaphor Festival (September), Stockholm, Sweden. Abstract Metaphor festival 2010

Identifying metaphor in corpora: What, why, how, Askeladden Corpus Network Meeting (March), Bergen, Norway.


Novel metaphors and Learner English, The 2009 Metaphor Festival (September), Stockholm, Sweden  Presentation, Metaphor Festival 2009  Abstract Metaphor Festival 2009

The Metaphor Identification Procedure and practical experience, Cognitive Summer Seminar (June), Hamar, Norway.  Abstract Cognitive summer seminar 2009

Scare quotes in British English and Norwegian L2 English, ICAME 30 (May), Lancaster England. Abstract ICAME 2009

The Metaphor Identification Procedure: Abstract and Concrete, Arena for Culture and Languages seminar (June), Hamar, Norway.


“Scare quotes” in Norwegian English and British English, Skrivekonferanse (Writing Conference; November), Trondheim, Norway. Abstract Skrivekonferanse 2008

The abstract/concrete divide, Seventh International Conference on Researching and Applying Metaphor (May), Cáceres, Spain  Presentation RaAM 2008   Abstract RaAM 2008

2007 and earlier:

The New Cambridge English Course 3: An Introduction, Workshop on English Teaching Methodology (March 2007), Asmara, Eritrea.

Interactive approach in the English Curriculum, Workshop on Eritrean Curriculum Development (October 2006), Asmara, Eritrea.