Dr William Short



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Telephone: 01392 724794

CV for Dr William Short

Prior to joining Exeter’s Department of Classics & Ancient History in 2017, I held posts at The University of Texas at San Antonio and Loyola University, Maryland. I earned my Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2007. My areas of specialization are Latin language and literature, Roman cultural history, cognitive semantics, and cultural anthropology. My research interests rest at the intersection of language, culture, and cognition, and in this area I have been pioneering an approach to ancient Roman culture inspired by Lakovian conceptual metaphor theory. I am also interested in language pedagogy, particularly in how teaching students to make inferences from what M.A.K. Halliday called the “context of situation” and “context of culture” can aid in linguistic and literary understanding. At the same time, I am developing several Digital Humanities projects that apply cognitivist approaches to classical lexicography and to corpus search.


Phone: (01392) 724794

Office: Amory B265

Office Hours: M 10:30-11:30am, W 9:30-10:30am or by appointment