Carita Paradis


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Specific Languages
  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Psychology


  • semantics, pragmatics, discourse, cognition, perception, sensory meanings, stance, contrast, opposite, communication

Professional work

I am Professor of English Linguistics, Member of AcademiaNet - Database of Outstanding Women Scientists in Europe - an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, in cooperation with the journals Spektrum der Wissenschaft, and Nature, and Member of Academia Europaea.

I was Chair of the Scientific Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2013 - 2016) and of Linguistics (2010 - 2016) of The Swedish Research Council.


My research concerns the dynamics of meaning-making in human communication and is situated within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics. Central to this approach is the meaningful functioning of language in all its guises and all its uses in discourse. I use different empirical methods – corpus and computational techniques as well as experimental techniques of different kind to contribute to a better understanding of what linguistic expressions reveal about human interaction, perception and cognition and inversely how they influence and give rise to patterns and structures in natural language use. 

Recent research outputs

Sara Farshchi, Carita Paradis, Andersson, A. & Joost van de Weijer, 2019 May 22, p. 41-43. 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

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