Jonathan D. Picken 教授
In the course of my career, I have conducted research in a number of areas. In my early days, as a graduate student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, I was interested in literary theory. After teaching at a high school in the Netherlands for a few years, I became a graduate student specialising in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of London’s Institute of Education. Here I did research on language testing, especially tests of English writing skills. After coming to Japan, I gradually became interested in the language of news media and the language used in advertisements, and I published a number of papers on these topics. Advertising language is often creative, and studying this creativity reawakened my interest in literary language. For my PhD at the University of Nottingham, I did research on metaphor in literature. I was especially interested in how learners of English made sense of metaphors in English literary texts. I continue to be interested in the creative uses of words, but I also have a number of other interests. These include vocabulary teaching and learning, and corpus research on English vocabulary. In recent years, I have taught seminars on these topics.