Biodata Lorena Pérez

Lorena Pérez Hernández, PhD, works as a permanent lecturer at the University of La Rioja (Spain) since 2001. She teaches graduate courses on Semantics & Pragmatics, Scientific, Technical, and Legal English, as well as a PhD course on pragmatic and discourse aspects of textual interpretation. She is also the current editor of RESLA (Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics) and a member of the Editorial Boards of ARCL (Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics; edited by John Benjamins) and JES (Journal of English Studies).

Lorena Pérez Hernández graduated in English Studies, with a specialization in linguistics, at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1995, having spent the last year of her degree as an Erasmus student at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK). In September 1995, she started her doctoral studies at the University of La Rioja and completed her Ph.D. degree in linguistics, in 1999. In 1996 and 1997 she was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley.

Initially, Lorena Pérez Hernández carried out research on pragmatics (illocution and politeness) from a functional-cognitive perspective. Her Ph.D dissertation, entitled A Cognitive Analysis of Directive and Commissive Speech Acts in English, included a thorough description of the propositional cognitive models which motivate the syntactic realizations of basic categories of directive and commissive speech acts in English.
Her present research interests include aspects of cognitive and functional semantics. She has looked into issues of grammatical metaphor and metonymy from a cross-linguistic perspective. Simultaneously, she has also investigated the metaphorical grounding of modals in Spanish, French, English and Italian.

Other interests include internet-related technology (websites and blogs design, audio and multimedia applications, online educational resources, the development of online educational materials, etc.).




  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2001. Illocution and Cognition: A Constructional Approach. Logroño : Prensas de la Universidad de La Rioja
  • Fornés, M., Molina, J.M. y Pérez Hernández, L. (eds.) 2000. Panorama actual de la lingüística aplicada. Conocimiento, procesamiento y uso del lenguaje. Volumen I: Pragmática, análisis del discurso, sociolingüística y psicolingüística. Logroño : Mogar.


  • Pérez Hernández, L. 1996. «The cognition of requests ». Estudios ingleses de la Universidad Complutense, 4 : 189-208
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 1997. «A Cognitive View of the PMIT Illocutionary Operator.» California Linguistic Notes, 25.1 : 20-59.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 1997 «A Linguistic Approach to the Erotism of Lady Chatterley's Lover.» Cuadernos de Investigación Filológica, 23-24 : 213-231.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 1997 «A Cognitive Analysis of Paul Bowles's The Sheltering SkyLingüística Cognitiva Aplicada a la Lengua Inglesa y su Literatura. Cuadernos de Filología Inglesa, 6.2 : 259-278.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 1997  «FG, Illocution, and Cognition.»  RESLA, 12 : 7- 25
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 1998. «A Cognitive Revision of the Functional Grammar Treatment of Illocution.»  RESLA, 13 : 207- 222
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 1999 «Grounding Politeness. » Journal of English Studies,1 : 209-236.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2000 «On Cognition and Speech Acts: Why Do We Need a Cognitive Model for the Performance of a Threat?» PLUM Series (Papers in Linguistics of the University of Manchester), University of Manchester Press : 214-226.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2000 «Cómo conseguir que la gente obedezca tus palabras. Un análisis cognitivo de las órdenes en español.» In Maldonado, R. (ed.) Estudios cognoscitivos del español. RESLA (Volumen monográfico) : 375-395.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. «Is ‘time’ a basic domain? Reduction of abstract domains through metaphor and metonymy.” Epos 26 : 259-284.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2000 «Primitivos semánticos y modelos cognitivos en la organización del conocimiento. » Scire. Representación y Organización del Conocimiento, 6 :
  • Pérez Hernández, L. and Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, F.J. 2001 «Towards a Pragmatically-Oriented Cognitive Functional Grammar. » Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, 42 : 187-214.
  • Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, F.J and Pérez Hernández, L. 2001. «Metonymy and the Grammar: Motivation, Constraints, and Interaction. » Language and Communication 21.4 : 321-357.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2001 «The Directive-Commissive Continuum. »Miscelánea, 23 : 77-98.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2001 «Metaphor-Based Cluster Models and Conceptual Interaction: the Case of 'Time'. » Atlantis, 23.2 : 65-81
  • Pérez Hernández, L. and Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, F.J. 2002 «Grounding, Semantic Motivation, and Conceptual Interaction in Indirect Directive Speech Acts. » Journal of Pragmatics, 34/3 : 259-284.
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2002 «Towards a Constructional Account of Illocution. » Revista de Filología Moderna  3 : 149-162         
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2002 «Blending versus Conceptual Interaction in the Construction of Illocutionary Meaning: Counterfactual Pieces of advice. »  Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses, 15 : 181-194
  • Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, F.J. and Pérez Hernández, L. 2003 «Cognitive Operations and Pragmatic Implication.» In Panther, K. and L. Thornburg (eds.) Metonymy and Pragmatic Inferencing. Amsterdam : John Benjamins. 23-51
  • Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, F.J. and Pérez Hernández, L. 2003 «High-level modal metonymies in English and Spanish. » Jezikoslovlje, 4.1 : 103-120
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2004 «Illocution and Metonymy. » Text Processing and Cognitive Technologies, 9 : 45-52
  • Pérez Hernández, L. and Díez Velasco, O. 2005 «Grammatical Metonymy and Metaphor : a case study of Italian morphology. » RESLA 17-18 : 81- 95
  • Pérez Hernández, L.  2007 «High-level metonymies in the understanding of modality : a cross-linguistics analysis.» In Kosecki, Krzysztof (ed.) Perspectives on Metonymy. Munich : Peter Lang. 133-147
  • Pérez Hernández, L. and Peña Cervel, S. 2009 «Pragmatic and Cognitive Constraints on Lexical-Constructional Subsumption.” ATLANTIS 31.2 : 57-73
  • Pérez Hernández, L. 2009 «Análisis léxico-construccional de verbos de habla.” Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación 40: 62-93


Contact Info

Dr. Lorena Pérez Hernández
Universidad de La Rioja
Dpto. Filologías Modernas
C/ San José de Calasanz, s/n
26004 Logroño
La Rioja

Phone: +34-941-299549