Dr. Dr. Alena SOLOSHENKO
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Office Phone and Email
Josef-Martin-Weg, 52 (rechts)
Room: 202 GLS
Phone: +49 931 31-81652
Office hours during the winter semester 2022/23
Please contact me in advance to make an appointment.
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.
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
University of Paris-Est Créteil (Sorbonne XII), France (2017 - 2020)
English for Finances
Methodology of Law and Economics in English
English as a Foreign Language
English Grammar and Lexis
Kuban State Agrarian University, Russia (2009)
English for Agribusiness and Agriculture
English Grammar and Lexis
Sochi University of Tourism and Recreation, Russia (2006 - 2007)
English for Tourism and Recreation
English for Hospitality and Tourism
English Grammar and Lexis
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)