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Penelope Scott is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. She has published articles in Transactions of the Philological Society, Neophilologus, and English Studies, and has contributed to various edited collections. Her research interests include health and illness in Anglo-Saxon England, Old English semantics, conceptual metaphor, the senses in Old English, and the link between cognition and culture. Website:

Research interests

Dr Scotts research interests include:

Old English

Cultural linguistics

Anglo Saxon medical texts



Co-Leader, Research Group in Health Humanities, part of the CCCS Research Center at XJTLU

Lecturer in Linguistics, XJTLU, 2013-2015

Associate Professor in Linguistics, 2015-Present

Head of Department, Department of Applied Linguistics, 2020-Present


ENG325 Historical Linguistics

ENG220 Language and Mind

ENG219 Semantics and Pragmatics

LAN003 How Language Works

LAN002 Literature and Film

Awards and honours

2010 Doctoral award: PhD English Language, Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Edinburgh

2005 Postgraduate award: MLitt Linguistics, Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. English Language, University of Edinburgh

B.A. English Language (1st Class Hons.) , Newcastle University

MLitt in Linguistics (Distinction), Newcastle University

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