curriculum vitae


Education

2016

PhD in Linguistics
University of California, Berkeley
Dissertation title: The interaction of syntax and metaphor in gesture: A corpus-experimental approach [download pdf]
Committee: Eve Sweester (chair), Terry Regier, Mahesh Srinivasan (Psychology)

2011

MA in Linguistics
University of California, Berkeley

2009

BA in Language, Cognition, and Computation (Independent) and in Anthropology; correlate in Computer Science
General and dual departmental honors
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)


Publications

Forthcoming

Stickles, Elise; and Tasha N. Lewis. Wednesday’s meeting really is on Friday: A meta-analysis and evaluation of ambiguous spatiotemporal language. Cognitive Science. [download pdf]

2017

Lewis, Tasha N., and Elise Stickles. Gestural modality and addressee perspective influence how we reason about time. Cognitive Linguistics 28(1), 45-76. [link to pdf]




Dodge, Ellen; Trott, Sean; Gilardi, Luca; and Elise Stickles. Grammar scaling: Leveraging FrameNet data to increase Embodied Construction Grammar coverage. The AAAI 2017 Spring Symposium on Computational Construction Grammar and Natural Language Understanding Technical Report SS-17-02. 154-162. [link to pdf]

2016

Stickles, Elise; Dodge, Ellen; David, Oana; and Jisup Hong. Formalizing contemporary conceptual metaphor theory: A structured repository for metaphor analysis. Constructions and Frames 8(2), 166-213. [link to pdf]




David, Oana; Lakoff, George; and Elise Stickles. Cascades in metaphor and grammar: A case study of metaphors in the gun debate. Constructions and Frames 8(2), 214-253. [link to pdf]




Stickles, Elise; David, Oana; and Eve Sweetser. Grammatical constructions, frame structure, and metonymy: Their contributions to metaphor computation. Proceedings of the 11th Meeting of the High Desert Linguistics Society (HDLS) 2015. 317-345. [link to pdf]

2015

Dodge, Ellen; Hong, Jisup; and Elise Stickles. MetaNet: Deep semantic automatic metaphor analysis. In E. Shutova, B. B. Klebanov, & P. Lichtenstein (eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Metaphor in NLP (pp. 40-49). NAACL HLT 2015. [link to pdf]

2013

Focus Constructions in ASL: Evidence from Pseudoclefting and Doubling. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 19(1), 207-216. [link to pdf]




Cathcart, Chundra; Chen, I-Hsuan; Finley, Greg; Kang, Shinae; Sandy, Clare S.; and Elise Stickles, eds. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS). [access journal]

2009

Doorly, N; Irving, K; McArthur, G; Combie, K; Engel, V; Sakhtah, H; Stickles, E; Rosenblum, H; Gutierrez, A; Root, R; Liew, C-W; and JH Long, Jr. (2009). Biomimetic Evolutionary Analysis: Robotically-simulated Vertebrates in a Predator-Prey Ecology. Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life, 147-154. [download pdf]


Presentations and Posters

2017

Dodge, Ellen, and Elise Stickles. Analyzing metaphoric source-domain language in corpora: A MetaNet approach. Paper presented at the 14th meeting of the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC 14), Tartu, Estonia. July 13, 2017. [slides]




Stickles, Elise. An experimental approach to multimodal metaphoric utterances. Paper presented at the 14th meeting of the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC 14), Tartu, Estonia. July 13, 2017. [slides]




Dodge, Ellen, Trott, Sean, Gilardi, Luca, and Elise Stickles. Grammar scaling: Leveraging FrameNet data to increase Embodied Construction Grammar coverage. Paper presented at the AAAI Spring Symposium on Construction Grammar and Natural Language Understanding, Stanford, California. March 27, 2017. [slides]

2016

Stickles, Elise and Ellen Dodge. A computationally-aided frame and construction-based analysis of motion metaphors in corpora. Paper presented at the 9th meeting of the International Conference on Construction Grammar, Juiz de Fora, Brazil. October 6, 2016.




Stickles, Elise. A multimodal Embodied Construction Grammar approach to image schematic structure in metaphoric gesture. Paper presented at at the 7th meeting of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS 7), Paris, France. July 22, 2016. [slides]




Stickles, Elise, and Ellen Dodge. Literal vs. figurative language use affects the frequency of syntactic patterns. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Washington, D.C. January 7, 2016. [slides]

2015

Stickles, Elise, and Tasha N Lewis. The effects of stimulus modality on interpretation of ambiguous temporal metaphors. Paper presented at the 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC 13), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. July 22, 2015. [slides]




David, Oana, Dodge, Ellen, Stickles, Elise, and Jisup Hong. Metonymy, metaphors and constructions in a corpus-based Embodied Construction Grammar framework. Paper presented at the 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC 13), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. July 24, 2015. [slides]




Dodge, Ellen, Hong, Jisup, and Elise Stickles. MetaNet: Deep semantic automatic metaphor analysis. Paper presented at the 3rd Workshop on Metaphor in NLP, NAACL HLT 2015. Denver, CO. June 5, 2015.

2014

Stickles, Elise, David, Oana, and Eve Sweetser. Frame role type constraints and frame metonymy in metaphoric interpretation. Poster presented at the 11th meeting of the High Desert Linguistics Society (HDLS 11), Albuquerque, NM. November 14, 2014. [poster]




Stickles, Elise Dodge, Ellen and Jisup Hong. A construction-driven, MetaNet-based approach to metaphor extraction and corpus analysis. Paper presented at the 12th meeting of Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language (CSDL 12), Santa Barbara, CA. November 7, 2014. [slides]




Dodge, Ellen, David, Oana, Stickles, Elise, and Eve Sweetser. Constructions and Metaphor: Integrating MetaNet and Embodied Construction Grammar. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG 8), Osnabrück, Germany. September 4, 2014. [slides]




David, Oana, Dodge, Ellen, Hong, Jisup, Stickles, Elise, and Eve Sweetser. Building the MetaNet metaphor repository: The natural symbiosis of metaphor analysis and construction grammar. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG 8), Osnabrück, Germany. September 4, 2014. [slides]




The relation of color naming and the environment. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Quebec City, Canada. July 26, 2014. [poster]




Lewis, Tasha N., and Elise Stickles. Does physical co-presence mediate the effects of gesture on spatiotemporal metaphor?: Gestural priming in virtual discourse space. Paper presented at the 6th meeting of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS 6), San Diego, CA. July 11, 2014. [slides]




Semantic change in the visual-spatial modality: Evidence from cross-linguistic body-part naming. Paper presented at the 6th meeting of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS 6), San Diego, CA. July 8, 2014. [slides]

2013

Dodge, Ellen, Hong, Jisup, Stickles, Elise, and Oana David. The MetaNet Wiki: A colloborative online resource for metaphor and image schema analysis. Paper presented at the 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC 12), Edmonton, AB. June 26, 2013. [slides]




Stickles, Elise, and Tasha N. Lewis. Can viewpoint and gesture prime spatiotemporal metaphor use?: The function of gestural metaphoric iconicity in resolving linguistic ambiguity. Paper presented at the 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC 12), Edmonton, AB. June 25, 2013. [slides]




Hong, Jisup, Stickles, Elise, and Ellen Dodge. The MetaNet metaphor repository: Formalized representation and analysis of conceptual metaphor networks. Paper presented at the 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC 12), Edmonton, AB. June 24, 2013. [slides]

2012

Focus Constructions in ASL: Evidence from Pseudoclefting and Doubling. Paper presented at the 36th Penn Linguistics Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania. March 24, 2012.

2010

Metaphors in the Modals: ASL Modals and Mental Spaces. Paper presented at the 4th meeting of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS 4), Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. July 26, 2010. [slides]

Department Presentations

2017

An experimental approach to metaphoric gesture. Presentation and Workshop at the UC Berkeley Gesture and Multimodality Group. March 10, 2017.

2016

Dodge, Ellen, Stickles, Elise, and Oana David. Computationally-aided deep analysis of cancer metaphors in web-based text. Talk presented at Workshop on Metaphor in Cancer Discourse, UC Berkeley. April 30, 2016.




A corpus approach to grammar and metaphoric gesture. Presentation and Workshop at the UC Berkeley Gesture and Multimodality Group. April 1, 2016.

2015

Image schemas in metaphoric path and manner gestures. Presentation and Workshop at the UC Berkeley Gesture and Multimodality Group. November 13, 2015.

2013

Stickles, Elise, and Tasha N. Lewis. Metaphoric gesture primes spatiotemporal metaphor use. Paper presented at the Stanford-Berkeley Talks, Stanford, CA. June 7, 2013. [slides]

2012

Defining Co-Presence: The Source for Higher Gesture Rate in Face-to-Face Communication? (EMCL 2012 Report). Presentation and Workshop at the UC Berkeley Gesture Group. September 28, 2012.

2010

Modality in American Sign Language. Presentation and Workshop at the UC Berkeley Gesture Group. May 7, 2010.




Wh-Movement in ASL: Visual Feature Checking. Paper presented at UC Berkeley Syntax and Semantics Circle. March 19, 2010. [download pdf]


Teaching & Work Experience: Stanford University

2016-present

Postdoctoral Fellow, Thinking Matters Program
Team-teaching of interdisciplinary freshman critical thinking seminars

Spring 2017

THINK 53: Food Talks: The Language of Food

Winter 2017

THINK 46: Why So Few? Gender and Diversity in Leadership

Fall 2016

THINK 3: Breaking Codes, Finding Patterns

Teaching & Work Experience: UC Berkeley

2012-2015

Graduate Student Researcher, MetaNet project
Large-scale linguistic analysis of conceptual metaphors and frame structures; development of a wiki-based metaphor repository for automatic metaphor extraction; statistical text corpus analysis
Supervisors: Prof. George Lakoff and Prof. Eve Sweetser (in collaboration with ICSI and UC Berkeley Matrix)

Fall 2015

Graduate Student Instructor
Cognitive Science 1: Introduction to Cognitive Science
Instructor: Prof. Terry Regier

Summer 2015

Acting Instructor
Linguistics 125: Gesture, Cognition, and Culture
class instructor; self-designed course

Spring 2015

Graduate Student Instructor
Linguistics R1B: Endangered Languages: What We Lose when a Language Dies
class instructor

Fall 2014

Graduate Student Instructor
Cognitive Science 1: Introduction to Cognitive Science
Instructor: Prof. Terry Regier

Summer 2014

Acting Instructor
Linguistics 125: Gesture, Cognition, and Culture
class instructor; self-designed course

Fall 2013

Graduate Student Instructor
Linguistics 375: Training for New Linguistics Teaching Assistants
Instructor: Prof. Terry Regier

Summer 2013

Graduate Student Instructor
Linguistics 5: Language and Linguistics
class instructor

Fall 2012

Graduate Student Instructor
Linguistics 100: Introduction to Linguistic Science
Instructor: Prof. Darya Kavitskaya

Spring 2012

Graduate Student Instructor
Cognitive Science 105/Linguistics C105: The Mind and Language
Instructor: Prof. George Lakoff

Fall 2011

Graduate Student Instructor
Linguistics C105: Metaphor
Instructor: Prof. Eve Sweetser

Spring 2011

Graduate Student Instructor
Cognitive Science 105/Linguistics C105: The Mind and Language
Instructor: Prof. Eve Sweetser

Fall 2010

Graduate Student Instructor
Linguistics 5: Language and Linguistics
Instructor: Prof. Larry Hyman

2010

Graduate Student Researcher, Up! Project
Longitudinal psycholinguistics; change in adult speech during aging. Corpus development and annotation.
Supervisor: Prof. Susanne Gahl


Fellowships & Awards

2015

Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association Graduate Fellowship

2013

UC Berkeley Graduate Division Dean's Normative Time Fellowship

2012

A. Richard Diebold, Jr. Fellowship Endowment Summer Study and Travel Grant
UC Berkeley Graduate Division Outstanding GSI Award (Linguistics Department)

2011

UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Study Grant

2009

Linguistics Department Block Grant Fellowship
Oppi Handler Graduate Study Fellowship, Vassar College
Phi Beta Kappa, Mu Chapter of Vassar College
Sigma Xi, Vassar College Chapter


Professional Activities & Service

2017-2018

Pre-Major Advisor
Stanford University

2015-2016

Social Sciences Matrix Seminar Metaphor: Across Datasets and Methodologies

2013-2016

Mentor
UC Berkeley Linguistics Research Apprenticeship Program
Mentor/research advisor to undergraduate research assistants/undergraduate research projects

2013-2016

Founding Co-Organizer, UC Berkeley Linguistics CogNetwork

2010-2011

Executive Committee, Berkeley Linguistics Society

Publication
Peer Review

Cognitive Linguistics, Gesture

Academic
Societies

Linguistic Society of America, International Society for Gesture Studies, International Cognitive Linguistics Association, Cognitive Science Society


Summer Schools & Additional Education

2012

Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 6
Hosted by Case Western University, Cleveland, OH

2009-2012

Coursework in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Studies
Berkeley City College

2009

Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute
Hosted by University of California, Berkeley


Languages & Skills

Human

English (native); American Sign Language (intermediate); French (reading); Hebrew (beginning); Garifuna (Arawak, Belize: fieldwork)

Computer

Python, R, Matlab
Java, C++, Interactive C, Haskell, Scheme, Lisp
Praat, Wavesurfer
LaTeX, HTML, CSS