Dr Anu Maarit Koskela

Job: Senior Lecturer in English Language

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8340

E: akoskela@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/humanities


Personal profile

Anu Koskela's research is concerned with lexical semantics (word meaning), particularly from a cognitive linguistic perspective. Her main research interests are the multiplicity of word meaning and lexical semantic relations. Most of her research has examined the phenomenon of ‘vertical polysemy’ or ‘autohyponymy’, where a word has a broader and a narrower reading (e.g. drink ‘consume liquid’; ‘consume alcohol’). She is the co-author (with M. Lynne Murphy) of Key Terms in Semantics (2010, Continuum). 

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs


Research interests/expertise

  • lexical semantics
  • lexicography
  • cognition
  • conceptual metonymy 

Areas of teaching

  • Semantics
  • General linguistics
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • History of English language


  • BA (Hons) Linguistics (Sussex)
  • DPhil Linguistics (Sussex)

Courses taught

English Language BA (Hons)

  • ELAN1002 Evolving Language
  • ELAN2004 Structure and Meaning in Language
  • ELAN3000 English Language Dissertation
  • ELAN3002 Psycholinguistics
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