Heli Tissari

PhD, Docent, University of Helsinki
E-mail: heli.tissari(at)helsinki.fi

For my activities and publications, see further TUHAT.

Research Interests

Cognitive linguistics, conceptual metaphor(s), emotion (words), historical semantics (in particular Early Modern to Present-Day English)

Recommended Links

Cognitive linguistics:

Finnish Cognitive Linguistics Association (FiCLA)

International Cognitive Linguistics Association

Conceptual metaphor(s):

The Online journal metaphorik.de

Emotion (words):

My article on the word ‘love’ in Shakespeare’s plays (vol. 4.1. 20006)

My article on ‘shame’

My article on ‘pride’

Historical semantics:

The Middle English Compendium

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834

See also:

SKY Journal of Linguistics


Articles marked with an asterisk (*) are included in my dissertation.

(1998) Review of Dirk Geeraerts (1997) Diachronic Prototype Semantics: A Contribution to Historical Lexicology. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen XCIX: 4, 450-452.

(1999) Review of Ann-Marie Svensson (1997) Middle English Words for “Town”: A Study of Changes in a Semantic Field. (Gothenburg Studies in English 70.) Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen C: 3, 353-355.

(2001) Review of Julie Coleman: Love, Sex and Marriage: A Historical Thesaurus. (Costerus New Series 118.) Amsterdam: Rodopi. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CII: 2, 222-223.

(2002) with Kanerva Heikkinen: Gefeoh and geblissa or happy birthday! On Old English bliss and modern English happy.Variation Past and Present: VARIENG Studies on English for Terttu Nevalainen, ed. by Helena Raumolin-Brunberg, Minna Nevala, Arja Nurmi & Matti Rissanen. (Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki LXI.) Helsinki: Société Néophilologique. 59-76.

*(2003) Lovescapes: Changes in prototypical senses and cognitive metaphors since 1500. (Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki LXII.) Helsinki: Société Néophilologique. — My published dissertation includes introductory chapters and six articles which were then either published or accepted for publication. These are listed below:

*(1999) Love shakes the spheres: Five prototypical meanings in Shakespeare’s plays. Proceedings from the 7th Nordic Conference on English Studies, ed. by Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen & Brita Wårvik. (Anglicana Turkuensia 20.) 175-191.

*(2000) Five hundred years of love: A prototype-semantic analysis. Lexicology, Semantics and Lexicography: Selected Papers from the Fourth C.L. Brook Symposium Manchester, August 1998, ed. by Christian J. Kay & Julie Coleman. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 127-156.

*(2001) Affection, friendship, passion and charity: A history of four ‘love lexemes’ since the fifteenth century. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CII: 1, 49-76.

*(2001) Metaphors we love by: On the cognitive metaphors of love from the 15th century to the present. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia 36, 217-242.

*(2005) Love in words: Experience and conceptualization in the modern English lexicon of love. Perspectives on Variation: Sociolinguistic, Historical, Comparative, ed. by Nicole Delbecque, Johan van der Auwera & Dirk Geeraerts. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 143-176.

*(2010) “All this love and matter of love”: On the cognitive metaphors of love in Early Modern and Present-Day English. ERA (The bulletin of the English Research Association of Hiroshima) New Series 27: 1 & 2, 1-27.

(2003) In electronic format: Review for Linguist List of Adam Głaz (2002) The Dynamics of Meaning: Explorations in the Conceptual Domain of EARTH. Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Press, PASE Studies & Monographs Vol 9. 20 August 2003.

(2004) Like like love: Comparing two modern English words diachronically. New Perspectives on English Historical Linguistics: Selected Papers from 12 ICEHL, Glasgow, 21–26 August 2002. Volume II: Lexis and Transmission, ed. by Christian Kay, Carole Hough & Irené Wotherspoon. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 252.) Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 235–249.

(2004) Vistas of fear and hope: On metaphors occurring with the English words fear and hope. Papers from the 30th Finnish Conference of Linguistics, Joensuu, May 15-16, 2003, ed. by Marja Nenonen. (Studies in Languages 39.) Joensuu: University of Joensuu. 214-220.

(2004) Review for Linguist List of Veronika Koller (2004) Metaphor and Gender in Business Media Discourse: A Critical Cognitive Study. Houndmills, Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 17 November 2004.

(2005) Lectio praecursoria: A corpus-based description of an emotion word and concept. (Synopsis of Ph.D. thesis.) Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CVI: 1, 89-91.

(2005) Review of Anna Vogel (2004) Swedish Dimensional Adjectives. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell. SKY Journal of Linguistics 18, 417-422.

(2005) Review of Malgorzata Fabiszak (2001/2002) The Concept of 'Joy’ in Old and Middle English: A Semantic Analysis. Piła: Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CVI: 4, 505-508.

(2005) Review of Susanne Beckmann (2001) Die Grammatik der Metapher: Eine gebrauchstheoretische Untersuchung des metaphorischen Sprechens. (Linguistische Arbeiten 438.) Tübingen: Max Niemeyer. Word 56: 2, 317-321.

(2006) Conceptualizing shame: Investigating uses of the English word shame, 1418-1991. Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX) (cf. below). 143-154.

(2006) with R.W. McConchie, Olga Timofeeva & Tanja Säily (eds.) Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

(2006) with Päivi Koivisto-Alanko: “Sense and sensibility”: Rational thought versus emotion in metaphorical language. Corpus-Based Approaches to Metaphor and Metonymy, ed. by Anatol Stefanowitsch & Stefan Th. Gries. (Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs 171.) Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 191–213.

(2006) Justified pride? Metaphors of the word pride in English language corpora, 1418–1991. Nordic Journal of English Studies 5: 1, 15-49.

(2006) “Is love a tender thing?” Metaphors of the word love in Shakespeare’s plays. Studi Linguistici e Filologici Online 4.1, 131-174.

(2006) Review of Adam Głaz (2002) The Dynamics of Meaning: Explorations in the Conceptual Domain of EARTH. Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Press, PASE Studies & Monographs Vol 9. Word 55: 3, 483-487.

(2006) with Terttu Nevalainen: Of politeness and people. The Power of Words: Essays in Lexicography, Lexicology and Semantics., ed. by Graham Caie, Carole Hough and Irené Wotherspoon. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Rodopi. 103-116.

(2006) Review of Christian J. Kay & Jeremy J. Smith (eds., 2004) Categorization in the History of English. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 261.) Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CVII: 4, 513-514.

(2007) Review of Małgorzata Fabiszak, ed. (2007) Language and Meaning: Cognitive and Functional Perspectives. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. SKY Journal of Linguistics 20: 2007, 467-470.

(2007) Compressing emotion to politeness: On I fear and I’m afraid. Change in Meaning and the Meaning of Change: Studies in Semantics and Grammar from Old to Present-Day English, ed. by Matti Rissanen, Marianna Hintikka, Leena Kahlas-Tarkka & Roderick McConchie. (Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki LXXII.) Helsinki: Société Néophilologique. 57-90.

(2008) A look at respect : Investigating metonymies in Early Modern English. English Historical Linguistics 2006. Volume II: Lexical and Semantical Change. Selected Papers from the fourteenth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL 14), Bergamo, 21-25 August 2006, ed. by Richard Dury, Maurizio Gotti & Marina Dossena. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 139-157.

(2008) On the concept of sadness: Looking at words in contexts derived from corpora. Corpus Linguistics, Computer Tools, and Applications: State of the Art, ed. by Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 291-308.

(2008) Happiness and Joy in Corpus Contexts: A Cognitive Semantic Analysis. Happiness: Cognition, Experience, Language (cf. below). 144-174.

(2008) with Mikko Salmela & Anne Birgitta Pessi. A Happy Introduction. Happiness: Cognition, Experience, Language (cf. below). 4-11.

(2008) with Anne Birgitta Pessi & Mikko Salmela (eds.) Happiness: Cognition, Experience, Language. COLLeGIUM Studies Across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences 3. Helsinki: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki.

(2008) Review of Danny D. Steinberg & Natalia V. Sciarini (2006). An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. 2nd edition. London etc.: Pearson Longman. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CIX: 4, 492-495.

(2008) with Tuula Chezek (a research abstract): Animals, goods and technological innovations: The story of the noun service. VTT Symposium on Service Science, Technology and Business, ed. by Pentti Vähä, Iiro Salkari, Petteri Alahuhta & Pekka Leviäkangas. Helsinki: Edita. 6-7.

(2009) ed. Approaches to Language and Cognition. Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English,
Volume 3. http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/journal/volumes/03/

(2009) Introduction to Approaches to Language and Cognition. Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English, Volume 3.

(2009) Soul-searching in Shakespeare. Approaches to Language and Cognition, ed. by Heli Tissari. Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English, Volume 3.

(2009) “For fear or hope of reward”: On Prepositions Occurring with Nouns for Emotions. Emotions: Implications for Literary, Linguistic and Translation Studies. A special issue of Helsinki English Studies (HES), ed. by Howard Sklar.

(2009) with Tuula Chezek. Linguists to engineers: Explaining the meaning of service. First International Workshop on Terminology and Lexical Semantics (TLS '09): Proceedings, ed. by Amparo Alcina & Marie-Claude L'Homme. Montreal: Universíté de Montreal. (A CD-ROM.) 13-21.

(2009) with Tuula Chezek. Eläimiä, tavaroita ja tekniikkaa: Englannin kielen substantiivista service. ("Animals, goods and technological innovations: The story of the noun service.") Palvelut muokkaavat kaikkia toimialoja: Palveluliiketoiminnan toimialakohtaiset tiekartat [a roadmap concerning various services], ed. by Pentti Vähä, Jari Kettunen, Tapani Ryynänen, Minna Halonen, Jouko Myllyoja, Maria Antikainen & Jari Kaikkonen. (VTT Research notes 2508.) Helsinki: Edita. (Appendix:) A1-A13.

(2010) Review of Mark Johnson (2007)The Meaning of the Body: Aesthetics of Human Understanding. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press. Cognitive Linguistics 21-1: 155-161.

(2010) with Terttu Nevalainen: Contextualizing 18th-century politeness: Social distinction and metaphorical levelling. Eighteenth-Century English: Ideology and Change, ed. by Raymond Hickey. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 133-158.

(2010) Love, metaphor and responsibility: Some examples from Early Modern and Present-Day English corpora. Researching and Applying Metaphor in the Real World, ed. by Graham Low, Zazie Todd, Alice Deignan and Lynne Cameron. (Human Cognitive Processing 26.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 125-143.

(2010) with Margaret E. Winters & Kathryn Allan: Historical Cognitive Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

(2010) English words for emotions and their metaphors. Historical Cognitive Linguistics, ed. by Margaret E. Winters, Heli Tissari & Kathryn Allan. 298-329.

(2011) Review of Kathryn Allan (2008) Metaphor and Metonymy: A Diachronic Approach, Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell & Richard Trim (2007) Metaphor Networks: The Comparative Evolution of Figurative Language, Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Metaphor and Symbol 26 (1): 103-108.

(2011) Review of Carolin Biewer (2006) Die Sprache der Liebe in Shakespeares Komödien: Eine Semantik und Pragmatik der Leidenschaft. Heidelberg: Winter. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CXII: 1, 111-114.

(2011) Oops blush! Beyond metaphors of emotion. Convergence and Expansion in Cognitive Linguistics, ed. by Stefan Th. Gries, Mario Brdar & Milena Zic Fuchs. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 291–304.

(2011) With Eva Maria Korsisaari: Review of Albrecht Classen (ed.) (2008) Words of Love and Love of Words in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 3 CXII: 370-375.

(2012) Integrating naming, claiming and story-telling: Towards a broader cognitive linguistic understanding of emotion. Dynamicity in Emotion Concepts, ed. by Paul Wilson. (Łódź: Studies in Language 27.) Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 95-122.

(2012) Review of Christian Kay, Jane Roberts, Michael Samuels & Irené Wotherspoon (eds.) (2009) Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary [with additional material from A Thesaurus of Old English]. Volumes 1: Thesaurus & 2: Index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen CXIII: 1, 122-126.

(2013) with Anu Realo, Mari Siiroinen & Liisi Kööts-Ausmees: Finno-Ugric emotions: The meaning of anger in Estonian and Finnish. Components of Emotional Meaning: A Sourcebook, ed. by Johnny Fontaine, Klaus Scherer and Cristina Soriano. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 328-338.

(2013) Review of Anna Idström & Elisabeth Piirainen (eds.) in cooperation with Tiber M. Falzett (2012) Endangered Metaphors. (Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts 2.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Virittäjä 117: 2, 309-312.

(2014) with Ulla Vanhatalo & Anna Idström: Revisiting the universality of Natural Semantic Metalanguage: A view through Finnish. SKY Journal of Linguistics 27, 67–94.


Review of Günter Radden, Klaus-Michael Köpcke, Thomas Berg & Peter Siemund (eds.) Aspects of Meaning Construction. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 2007. Word.

Review of Ursula Lutzky (2012) Discourse Markers in Early Modern English. (Pragmatics and Beyond New Series 227.) Amsterdam & Phildadelphia: John Benjamins.Neuphilologische Mitteilungen.

Review of Andreas H. Jucker, Daniela Landert, Annina Seiler & Nicole Studer-Joho (eds.) (2013) Meaning in the History of English: Words and Texts in Context. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen.