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Anna Piata is Assistant Professor in Semantics & Pragmatics at the Faculty of English Language and Literature (Department of Language and Linguistics) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Anna’s research is informed by a cognitively oriented approach to linguistic meaning. Her interests include metaphor theory, the representation of time in language, the linguistic study of humor, and the application of linguistic theories to literary analysis.

Anna holds a BA in Philology (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and an MPhil in Linguistics (University of Cambridge). She received her PhD from the Faculty of English Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (with a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation).

Prior to her employment at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Anna was a postdoctoral researcher and a teaching fellow at the Center for Cognitive Science of the University of Neuchâtel. For her postdoctoral project at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences of the University of Geneva she was granted a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars.

Her publications include the monograph “The poetics of time: Metaphors and blends in language and literature” (John Benjamins, 2018) and numerous articles in international journals (Journal of Pragmatics, Metaphor & Symbol, Pragmatics & Cognition, Metaphor & the Social World, etc.) and edited volumes (published with John Benjamins, Oxford University Press, Mouton de Gruyter, etc.). Anna has also co-edited the collective volume “Time representations in the perspective of human creativity” (with Daniel Alcaraz and Adriana Gordejuela; John Benjamins, 2022). Since 2020 she serves as the Managing editor of the journal Pragmatics & Cognition.