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Dr Mimi Huang

Senior Lecturer

Department: Humanities

Mimi -Huang -2I came to Newcastle and joined the department in the summer of 2008 after having completed a PhD degree in cognitive linguistics at Nottingham University. My research interests span across cognitive linguistics, healthcare communication, narrative medicine, metaphor, embodiment, and (critical) discourse analysis. My research interests have three overarching themes: 1) healthcare communication; 2) wellbeing, identity and personhood; 3) narratives and stories (literary and non-literary).

In terms of public engagement and impact activities, I have been working with healthcare practitioners, patient groups and community groups for a better understanding of the changing culture of care, communication and patient involvement in today’s healthcare services.

I welcome research students, academic colleagues and professional practitioners interested in the above areas to get in touch with me to discuss prospective research projects.


  • Linguistics PhD October 01 2003
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2008

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Socio-psychological salience and categorisation accuracy of speaker place of origin, McKenzie, R., Huang, M., Ong, T., Snodin, N. 12 Jul 2019, In: Lingua
  • An investigation of how supported self care is perceived and communicated by healthcare community members in the North East of England, Huang, M. 4 Apr 2017, British Sociology Annual Conference 2017
  • A Comparative Study of McDonald’s Wedding Narratives with the Model of Anchoring, Huang, M. 10 Dec 2016, In: Advances in Language and Literary Studies
  • Communicating and Cooperating with Cancer Patients -- Where Cognitive Science Meets Narrative Medicine, Huang, M. 20 Jul 2015, ICLC 13 - 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference
  • A Critical Review of Narrative-Based Medicine — Its Recent Development and Prospective Outlook, Ye, Y., Huang, M. May 2015, In: Xunzheng Yixue
  • Exploring Meaning Construction in Narrative Discourse, Huang, M. 15 Feb 2012, 4th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference
  • Exploring Conceptual Metaphors with a Dual Model, Huang, M. 11 Jul 2011, ICLC 11 - International Cognitive Linguistics Conference
  • Reading and Interpreting Metaphor, Huang, M. 6 Jul 2010, 3rd UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference
  • Solving the riddle of metaphor: A salience-based model for metaphorical interpretation in a discourse context, Huang, M. 2009, New directions in cognitive linguistics, Amsterdam, John Benjamins
  • Interpreting Cognitive Metaphor: Using Relevance Theory and an Alternative Account, Huang, M. 19 Nov 2007, Stylistics and Social Cognition, Amsterdam & New York, Rodopi

PGR Supervision

  • Gerrit Kotzur Disablism at Work. A Critical Discourse and Biographical Narrative Study of Blind and Partially Sighted People’s Professional Identities in the UK and Germany Start: 07/10/2014
  • Sylvia Spanou Start: 01/03/2017
  • Hui-Ching Lin Prepositions in Phrasal Verbs— A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Meaning Constructions in the EFL Context Start: 01/10/2015
  • SONDOS IBRAHIM Cross-Cultural Cognitive Metaphors of Pain and Pain Management Start: 07/10/2014


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