Publications and talks


Devylder, S. (2022, accepted for publication). The Archipelago of Meaning: Methodological Contributions to the Study of Vanuatu Sand Drawing. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 33, 2.

Zlatev, J., Blomberg, J., Devylder, S., Naidu, V. & J. van de Weijer (2021) Motion event descriptions in Swedish, French, Thai and Telugu: a study in post-Talmian motion event typology, Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, 53:1, 58-90.

Devylder, S., Bracks, C., Shimotori, M., & Siahaan, P. (2020) Carving the body at its joints: Does the way we speak about the body shape the way we think about it?. Language and Cognition, 1-37.

Devylder, S., and Zlatev, J. (2020). Cutting and Breaking Metaphors of the Self and the Motivation and Sedimentation Model. In Baicchi, A. (Ed) Figurative Meaning Construction in Thought and Language. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Devylder, S. (2019). Mereology in the Flesh. In Bolognesi, M., Brdar, M., & Despot, K. (Eds.) Metaphor and Metonymy in the Digital Age. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Devylder, S. (2019). Dancygier, Barbara (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. English Text Construction, 12(1), 143-153.

Devylder, S. (2018). Diagrammatic iconicity explains asymmetries in Paamese possessive constructions. Cognitive Linguistics, 29, 2. Mouton De Gruyter.

Naidu, V., Zlatev, J., Duggirala, V., van de Weijer, J., Devylder, S., & Blomberg, J. (2018). Holistic Spatial Semantics and post-Talmian Motion Event Typology: A Case Study of Thai and Telugu. Cognitive Semiotics.

Devylder, S. (2017). Cutting and Breaking the Embodied Self. CogniTextes [on line], Volume 16 | 2017.

Devylder, S. (2016). The PART-WHOLE schema we live through: A cognitive linguistic analysis of part-whole expressions of the self (Doctoral dissertation, Lyon).


Devylder, S. (2019). Black Sand Stories: a polysemiotic and multimodal documentation of Paamese sand stories, a critically endangered tradition of Vanuatu. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive

Devylder, S. (2014). Paamese Language and Culture  (Publication no. DOI: 10.4225/72/58ab0479d6eeb). PARADISEC


Invited talks & guest lectures

Devylder, S. Linguistic fieldwork – Guest inspirational talk at the Department of Linguistics, Lund University, Sweden, 22 April 2022.

Devylder, S. and Hinnel, J. How Paamese speakers think, talk, and gesture about kinship – Guest lecture at the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 30 April 2022.

Devylder, S. Language documentation and fieldwork methods – Guest lecture, Linguistics Department, University of Florida, 30 November 2021.

Devylder, S. More diversity in metaphor studies – Panel speaker at Research and Applying Metaphor Conference, Hamar University, Norway, 18-21 June 2020.

Devylder, S. Paamese sand drawings: insights into the polysemiotic nature of human communication – Guest lecture at the School of Language and Linguistics, Melbourne University, Australia, 23 August 2019.

Devylder, S. Metaphor and Linguistic diversity – Panel speaker at The Creative Power of Metaphor, Oxford University, UK, 28-30 March 2019.

Devylder, S. Cutting & Breaking Metaphors of the Self – Guest lecture at the department of English, Lund University, Sweden, 10 October 2017.

Devylder, S. Mereology in the Flesh – Keynote at Building Figurative Language Repositories International Symposium, Zagreb, Croatia, 27-28 May 2016.

General sessions

Devylder, S., Zlatev, J., & G. Stampoulidis. Tackling the weird methods of metaphor analysis with a non-WEIRD language & culture. RaAM conference, Hamar, Norway, 2020.

Devylder, S. Paamese Sand Drawings. ICLC-15, Nishinomiya, Japan, 2019.

Devylder, S. Mapping the body. ICLC-15, Nishinomiya, Japan, 2019.

Devylder, S. Revitalization of Paamese Sand Drawings. Linguistics In the Pub series (LIP), Melbourne, Australia, 2019.

Devylder, S. Body categorization in French, Japanese, & Indonesian. IACS, Toronto, Canada, 2018.

Devylder, S. Iconicity vs. Frequency. IACS, Toronto, Canada, 2018.

Devylder, S., Zlatev, J., & Blomberg, J., Cutting & breaking metaphors of the Self across levels of conventionality. FTL4, Braga, Portugal, 2018.

Devylder, S., Zlatev, J., & Blomberg, J., Non-Actual Separation. ICLC-14, Tartu, Estonia, 10-14 Juillet 2017.

Devylder, S., Zlatev, J., & Blomberg, J.,  How deep must a dead metaphor be buried ? Lund, Sweden, 20-22 April 2017.

Devylder, S. The Iconicity of Distance in Paamese Language and Culture. The 11th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, Brighton, England, 6-8 April 2017.

Devylder, S. Mereology in the Flesh. Building Figurative Language Repositories International Symposium, Zagreb, Croatia, 27-28 May 2016.

Devylder, S. Language, culture, and embodiment in Paamese kinship relations. The First International Conference of Cultural Linguistics, Prato, Italia, 20-22 July 2016.

Devylder, S. A corpus-based analysis of English part-whole expressions of the Self. FTL2, Pavia, Italy, 28-30 Octobre 2015.

Devylder, S. Synedoches We Live Through. ICLC-13, Newcastle, England, 20-25 July 2015.

Devylder, S. Cutting & Breaking the Embodied Self. AFLiCo6, Grenoble, France, 26-28 May 2015.

Devylder, S. Language is a bio-cultural hybrid: a cross-linguistic study of English and Mandarin expressions of the Self. Cogling6, Ghent, Belgique, 11-12 December 2014.

Devylder S. & Lu, Y. Part-Whole expressions of the Self in English and Mandarin Chinese. Cognitive Linguistics and Pragmatics: Theory and Practice, Nanjing, China, 24-26 October 2014.