Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I work as a researcher with the project: Making sense of autism, ADHD, OCD, and Tourette Syndrome: a cognitive semantic perspective. The project is funded by the Crafoord Foundation and the Torsten Söderberg Foundation. It explores meaning making in written communication about these neurodevelopmental disorders in order to delineate the basic conceptualizations that underlie representations of autism, ADHD, OCD, and TS in written communication and to determine how these relate to overall communicative aims. By describing and comparing different modes of written communication around these disorders, the project asks whether medical practitioners and patients construct and use shared or distinct meaning systems relative to autism, ADHD, OCD, and TS.


About the research

I got my PhD from Stockholm University in 2013. My dissertation dealt with meaning potential as an explanatory framework for lexical meaning and presented a description of a particular lexical item, the English word bit. The lexical semantics for bit was described not in terms of meanings per se, but rather in terms of potential for cueing conceptual structures of varying schematicity, put to use through a range of cognitive processes, or construals.

Research portal (Lund University)

Jenny Hartman

English Studies
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail jenny.hartmanenglund.luse

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

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