Zoltán Kövecses, PhD, DSc

Zoltán Kövecses received his M.A. from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, in 1972 and his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1988 and 1996, respectively. He is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. In 2003, he was on a Fulbright in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley, where he continued his research on metaphor with George Lakoff. His main research interests include the conceptualization of emotions, the study of metaphor and idiomaticity, the relationship between language, mind and culture, and American slang and American English. He is also working as a lexicographer, and is the author of several Hungarian-English, English-Hungarian dictionaries. He has taught at several American and European universities, including the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Rutgers University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hamburg University, Odense University, and the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently working on the language and conceptualization of emotions, cross-cultural variation in metaphor, and the issue of the relationship between language, mind, and culture from a cognitive linguistic perspective.

Most important books:

  • Language, Mind, and Culture. An Introduction. (2006). Oxford University Press.
  • Metaphor in Culture. Universality and Variation. (2005). Cambridge University Press.
  • Metaphor. A Practical Introduction. (2002). Oxford University Press.
  • American English. An Introduction. (2000). Peterborough, Canada: Broadview Press.
  • Metaphor and Emotion. (2000). Cambridge University Press.
  • Emotion Concepts. (1990). New York and Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
  • The Language of Love. (1988). Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press.


The 2007 Conference