case western reserve university


Todd Oakley

Associate Professor & Chair
of Cognitive Science

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My areas of specialization include cognitive linguistics, semiotics, discourse analysis, and rhetoric. These areas of specialization provide the frameworks and methods for tracing the micro-cognitive and phenomenological bases of attention as they make their presence felt in the higher-order activities of social awareness, discourse, and persuasion. Human minds are "rhetoric machines."

Current Research Projects

  • Attention, Conceptual Blending, and Language in Museums and Other Exhibition Sites
  • Force Dynamics in High-Stakes Rhetoric
  • Artifacts as Keys for Joint-Attention
  • Cooperation, Cognition, and Social Reality
  • From Speech Acts to Document Acts 
  • Grammar, Gesture, and Spatial Descriptions