Lehrstuhl für Englische Sprachwissenschaft


    Dr. Dr. Alena SOLOSHENKO

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Office Phone and Email

    Josef-Martin-Weg, 52 (rechts)
    Room:  202 GLS  
    Phone: +49 931 31-81652
    Email: alena.soloshenko@uni-wuerzburg.de 

    Office hours during the Summer Semester 2023

    Thursdays, 14:00-16:00
    Please contact me in advance to make an appointment.

    Research Interests

    Find me on: ORCID, Researchgate, University Paris 8 

    My work focuses on examining the interconnections between language, cognition and emotion in the context of urbanisation in megacities and smart cities. I specialise in cognitive semantics, corpus-based analysis and multimodal discourse analysis and am interested in human-nature relationships and the aesthetics of everyday urban places. 

    My research is often interdisciplinary and encompasses approaches from human geography, affective science, and digital humanities. I am particularly interested in the following topics:

    • Sustainable urban infrastructure
    • Well-being in megacities
    • Everyday aesthetics and the living environment 
    • Social challenges and environmental crises

    My current research projects draw on a blend of applied linguistics and human geography to explore how language and culture shape the human-nature interactions in urban green-blue infrastructure in megacities, as well as disclose the behavioural intentions of its citizens. Through these projects, I advocate for the significance of language-focused research to respond better to a myriad of ecological and social issues in megacities.

    Research areas

    Language and cognition: Cognitive Linguistics, Cognitive Semantics; semantic fields, conceptual metaphor, the usage-based models of language, multimodal critical discourse analysis
    Emotional Intelligence: Psychology, Affective Science; language and emotion, emotional experiences of space and time, affective perception of green and blues spaces in megacities, emotional function in decision-making
    Human Geography: Social Geography, Cultural Geography, urban planning, urban mobility in megacities, behavioral intentions and urban developments, place experience
    Digital Humanities: Cognitive-affective maps of public urban spaces, smart cities and sustainable living
    Corpus Linguistics: The diachrony of written language, multilingual corpus
    Sociolinguistics: Language, identity and urban space, social perception of public urban spaces; digital identity
    Contrastive Linguistics: Socio-cultural data across English, French and German

    2016: Doctoral degree in English Linguistics, Strasbourg University, France

    The Doctoral School of the Humanities (ED520) Faculty of Modern Languages and Cultures
    Research team 1339 LiLPA Linguistics, Language and Speech
    Thesis: The Conceptualisation of emotions in legal literature: Conceptual metaphors and cross-domain mapping with ATLAS.ti
    Qualification Maître de Conférences MCF (French equivalent of Associate Professor)

    2008 – 2010: Doctoral studies at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

    The Department of English and American Studies
    Research project: Cultural and Intercultural Aspects of Lexis and Phraseology: Usage and Lexicographic Description

    2008: Doctoral degree in Philology

    Kuban State University, Russia
    Faculty of Romance-Germanic Philology; Department of Theory and Practice of Translation
    Specialty: Comparative-historical, topological and comparative linguistics
    Thesis: The Concepts of Risk and Travel in English and Russian Linguistic Cultures (Problems of Translation)

    2004: Master in Teaching of foreign languages (English, German), linguistics, translation

    Armavir Linguistic University, Russia, summa cum laude   
    Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication

    University of Würzburg (2022-)


    Language, Cognition and Emotion
    Language and Digital Communication

    University of Paris-Est Créteil (Sorbonne XII), France (2017 - 2020)


    Business English
    Legal English
    English for Finances
    Methodology of Law and Economics in English
    English as a Foreign Language
    English Grammar and Lexis
    Intercultural Communication

    Kuban State Agrarian University, Russia (2009)


    Business English
    English for Agribusiness and Agriculture
    English Grammar and Lexis
    Intercultural Communication

    Sochi University of Tourism and Recreation, Russia (2006 - 2007)   


    Business English
    English for Tourism and Recreation
    English for Hospitality and Tourism
    Intercultural Communication
    English Grammar and Lexis

    Articles (selected)

    Soloshenko, A. 2023. Construing the oceans in environmental cognition: A corpus-based linguistic study (Submission in progress)

    Soloshenko, A. 2018. A Contrastive Study Between English and German: Fear/Angst and Guilt/Schuld in Decision-Making, In: Nita Raluca, Valetopoulos Frederikos (Eds.). Expression of emotions: Analysis in Applied Linguistics (p. 265-275). University of Rennes, France

    Soloshenko, A. 2015. Language, cognition, and culture in eco-narratives. In: Lucas Koenig, Uwe Eisenberg, & Minik Olsen (Eds.). European Science Review (p. 148-150). Vienna: “East-West” Association for Advanced Studies and Higher Education

    Soloshenko, A. 2015. Cognitive Approach to Emotion Management. In: Petra Busch, Jennifer Mathieson et al. (Eds.). the IV International Congress on Social Sciences and Humanities (p. 174-179), 02 April, Vienna: “East-West” Association

    Soloshenko, A. 2009.Language and Worldview in Modern Cultural Studies, Priorities in Development of Krasnodar Region: Young Researchers’ Perspective, 4, 73-79.

    Soloshenko, A. 2007. The Concept of Fear in the Context of Risk, Bulletin of Pomor State University M.V. Lomonosov, Humanistic and Social Studies, 5, 159-164.

    Soloshenko, A. 2007. On the Notion of Concept in Modern Linguistic Studies, Journal of Social and Humanistic Studies, 14, Moscow State Open University, 3-21.

    Soloshenko, A. 2007. The Concept as the Basic Term of Lingua-cultural Activity, Aspirant and Applicant, 1(38), Moscow, 31-36.

    Soloshenko, A. 2007. Frame-Structure of the Concept of Risk: the Concept of Hope, Modern Research in Humanities, 3(16), Moscow, 129-135.

    Soloshenko, A. 2007. The Concept of Success in the Context of Risk, The Questions of Humanities, 2(29), Moscow, 201-205.

    Soloshenko, A. 2005. The Concept of Risk, Adygei International Academy of Sciences, 4, 62-67.


    Soloshenko, A. 2025.  Language, Cognition, and Emotion in Environmental Discourse. Bloomsbury Publishing book series (Editing in progress)

    M. Dick-Kreuzer, Soloshenko A., et al. 2010. “Erinnerung an Franken. Franconian Memories” in collaboration with the International Relation Office of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

    For a complete list of publications, visit ORCID 

    The dynamics of emotions in legal discourse. Talk given at the Department of English Linguistics, University of Würzburg. 17.05.2022

    Cognitive Approach to Emotion Management. Paper presented at the 4th International Congress of Human Sciences. Vienna, Austria. 02.04.2015

    The emotions of fear and guilt in the context of decision-making: A contrastive study between English and German. Paper presented at the International Conference “Emotion in Corpus”, University of Poitiers. 25-27.10.2014

    Cognitive Representation of Conceptual Metaphors in Legal Discourse. Talk given at Seminar in Linguistics, Language and Speech, Research center EA 1339, University of Strasbourg, France. 14.03.2013

    The Urban Design Group (UDG)
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kognitive Linguistik (DGKL)
    International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA)
    Association Française de Linguistique Cognitive (AFLiCo)
    International Ecolinguistics Association (IEA)
    Société des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur (SAES)
    The European Society for Aesthetics (ESA)