Gina Scarpete Walters
Arizona State University – Tempe
I am deeply grateful to receive the 2022 NFMLTA-NCOLCTL Research Award. I am a Ph.D. student in the Comparative Culture and Language program at Arizona State University. The goal of my doctoral research is twofold. First, it seeks to identify universal human concepts in culture-specific configurations of the term “heart” in several distinct cultures and languages – Romanian, Modern Greek, Albanian, Piipaash, and O’odham – while highlighting the embodied nature of conceptual metaphors. Second, my research explores cognitive processes that L2 learners utilize to infer the meaning of metaphors. This research award will support initial execution of the first phase of data collection for the aforementioned languages.