Ainur Kakimova

PhD student
Foreign Literatures and Languages - 37° ciclo (October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2024)
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Foreign Literatures and Languages - 37° ciclo (October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2024)

Doctorate research program

Counterfactuals in literature are of particular interest for me. More specifically, I am interested in the their perception and evaluation by readers. For my doctoral dissertation, I investigate counterfactuals as rhetorical device, i.e., literary counterfactuals. The central focus of my research is cognitive processing of such counterfactuals by L2 readers. Besides, I am also involved in the study of counterfactuals as genre, i.e., counterfactual historical fiction. Overall, the theoretical framework includes mental models, language transfer and possible worlds. I use both online and offline research methods such as eye tracking and self-report questionnaires.

PhD Tutors
Prof. Massimo Salgaro

Ainur Kakimova, MSc in Foreign Languages (English and German), is a PhD candidate in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Verona and Linguistics at the University of Warsaw, ESR within the Horizon 2020 project ELIT (Empirical study of Literature Innovative Training Network). She has been actively participating in international conferences and was a member of Organising Committee of International TRANSLATON 2 conference and workshop on Eye tracking and other online measurements at the University of Warsaw (UW). She has participated in the UW doctoral summer school on The Psycholinguistics of Multilingualism and LERU (League of European Research Universities) doctoral summer school on Re-evaluating the Role of the Expert organised by Trinity College Dublin. She is the winner of several UW grant competitions of "Excellence Initiative – Research University" (IDUB) and received an award from the Permanent International Committee of Linguists (CIPL).


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