My general research interests centre around the fields of cognitive linguistics and metaphor research. I am interested in metaphor studies in general and in different aspects of metaphor research such as tools of metaphor identification, metaphor retrieval from corpus data and cross-linguistic aspects of metaphor.
In my PhD research, I explored metaphor in scientific legal discourse in English and Lithuanian based on a specialised corpus of research articles on criminal law and criminal justice. My main goal was to determine the most prevalent metaphorical patterns in the conceptualisation of crime and criminal justice and to reveal cross-linguistic and cross-legal peculiarities of metaphorical thought as well as linguistic expression of metaphor in this type of discourse. I am also interested in the methodology of identifying metaphor in language, especially in the practical application of MIP(VU) in English and in other languages such as Lithuanian.
I am a member of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA), the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM), The Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) and the Lithuanian Applied Linguistics Association LITAKA.