Sabine De Knop studied English and German studies and general linguistics at the Université
Saint-Louis Bruxelles, at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), at the Cologne university and at the Bielefeld university, Germany. In April 1985, she defended her PhD thesis entitled "Metaphorische Komposita in Zeitungsüberschriften" at the UCL, which was subsequently published in 1987 in the Linguistische Arbeiten at the Max Niemeyer Verlag in Tübingen.
Since 2001, she has been a lecturer for German language, linguistics and cultural studies at the Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, where she became a full professor (Belgian title: 'professeur extraordinaire') in 2016. Since 2006, she has been the Head of the Department of modern German languages and letters.
Her research focuses on the description of linguistic phenomena within Cognitive Linguistics (Langacker, Dirven), language typology (Talmy, Slobin) and Construction grammar (Goldberg, Croft). More specifically, expressions of motion and location in Germanic languages, causal constructions with colour adjectives, conceptual metaphors in compounds or nominal groups, German pleonastic constructions for the expression of intensification, light verb constructions in Germanic languages, expressions of motion without verbs in German, the family of German constructions with a dative. Many of her studies also deal with applications of Cognitive Linguistics and Construction Grammars for the learning of foreign languages, the description of a pedagogical grammar as well as the contrastive description of Romance vs. Germanic languages.
Cognitive Linguistics - Construction Grammars - Languages Typology - Applications - Contrastive Analysis - Pedagogic Grammar - Conceptual metaphors - Expressions of movement and location - Causal expressions - Pleonastic expressions - German vs French
Tel. : +32 / (0)2 211 79 67
Séminaire des Sciences du Langage
Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles
Boulevard du Jardin botanique, 43
1000 Bruxelles - Belgique
Tél. : +32 (0)2 792 36 73
Fax. : +32 (0)2 211 79 97