Ana Werkmann Horvat

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
A photograph of Ana Werkmann Horvat



I am a Postdoctoral Research Assistant currently working on the Creative Multilingualism project, Metaphor Strand, which is funded by the AHRC.


The Creative Multilingualism Metaphor Strand focuses on questions such as:

- Is metaphor a universal phenomenon across languages?
- How does metaphor manifest itself in different cultures?
- How does metaphor work at the interface between cognition, embodiment and language?
- How is linguistic creativity conceptualised, and to what extent may metaphor facilitate creativity?


My role in the project includes the design and execution of psycholinguistic experiments, as well as data analysis. I am working closely with Prof Katrin Kohl (PI) and Marianna Bolognesi, as well as with Prof Aditi Lahiri.

Before joining Oxford, I have worked on a variety of different linguistic topics and within various different frameworks. My master’s thesis looked at cross-linguistic variability of metaphor. I have also published work on cross-linguistic differences in metaphorical expressions.

I completed a DPhil in Linguistics at the University of Oxford (January, 2018). My DPhil research looked at the semantics of modal structures. I am also very interested in first language acquisition, and have published work on the acquisition of indexical pronouns.


Selected publications:

Werkmann-Horvat, A., Gagliardi, A., and Husband, E.M. (2015) Indexicals in Shifty Contexts: Problems for Language Acquisition. Proceedings of the 40th Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


Selected presentations:

Werkmann Horvat, A. (2017). Modal force and flavour as semantic restrictors of possible double modal combinations in Croatian. Conference: 39th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (Workshop: "Towards an ontology of modal flavours") in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Werkmann Horvat, A. (2016). On Deontic Modality and Authority in Croatian: A Judge Parameter Analysis. Talk given at 12th International Conference on Actionality, Tense, Aspect, Modality/ Evidentiality, Université Caen Normandie, Caen.

Werkmann-Horvat, A., On Modal Strength in Croation: A Judge Parameter Analysis. Presented at the FDSL 11 in Potsdam, Germany, December 2015.

Werkmann-Horvat, A., Gagliardi, A., and Husband, E.M. (2015) Indexicals in shifty contexts: Problems for language acquisition. Talk given at the 40th Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.