Publications and talks


Devylder, S. (2022). Making metaphor studies less WEIRD, The methodological benefits and challenges of a greater diversity of languages and cultures in the study of metaphor. Lexis. Journal in English Lexicology, (20).

Devylder, S. (2022). 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


Upcoming talks

Devylder, S. (TBA) – Guest lecture, The Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark, Feb. 28th 2023.

Devylder, S. (TBA) – Guest lecture, The Dynamics of Language Lab (CNRS), University of Lyon 2, France, May 2nd 2023.

Invited talks & guest lectures

Devylder, S. Polysemiotic kinship systems as instruments of cumulative cultural evolution – Guest lecture, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney, Australia, Nov. 4th 2022.

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., Hinnel, J., van de Weijer, J., Brink Andersen, L. & L. Laporte-Devylder. Complex social structures are encoded in speech and gesture: The case of the Paamese polysemiotic kinship system. International Societies for Gesture Studies Conference, Chicago, USA, July 2022.

Devylder, S. Polysemiotic metaphors of intertribal exchange in Paamese culture. Multimodal Tropes in Contemporary Corpora. Lyon, France, May 2022.

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