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Gina Scarpete Walters

Grad Teaching Associate, Comparative Culture and Language
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Comparative Culture and Language
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Gina Scarpete Walters is an advocate for linguistic and cultural diversity and less commonly taught languages. She is one of the recipients of the 2022 NFMLTA-NCOLCTL Graduate Research Support Grant. Gina is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Comparative Culture and Language program, focusing primarily on conceptualizations of body part terms in culturally specific ways and figurative language in foreign language instruction. Although her main research interests lie in the area of cognitive linguistics and cultural linguistics (cross-cultural semantics and lexicology, human body metaphors, emotion metaphors, the universality of metaphors and variation in metaphor both across and within cultures), she is also interested in semantic change, etymology, grammaticalization, pragmaticalization, and discourse markers. Gina also serves as a Graduate Teaching Associate of Linguistics. Prior to her arrival at ASU, Gina served as a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Modern Greek Studies and Classical Philology at the University of Bucharest, Romania, where she taught Modern Greek. She did one Master's thesis on qualitative classifiers in old Romanian documents (16th-18th centuries) (written in Romanian) and another on idioms about the human body in Modern Greek and Romanian (written in Modern Greek), both at the University of Bucharest. 

She holds two Graduate Certificates in Psychopedagogy, with a focus on teaching Modern Greek as a Foreign/Second Language and Romanian as a First Language, from the Teacher Training Department of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (University of Bucharest); and a Certificate of language skills in Modern Greek issued by the Ministry of Education of Greece, through the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Gina is also a certified translator of Modern Greek and English, authorized by the Romanian Ministry of Justice. 


MLA Humanities Commons

  • Ph.D. in Comparative Culture and Language | Semantics, Arizona State University (2019 - in progress)
  • M.A. in Advanced Studies in Linguistics, University of Bucharest, Romania (2016)
  • M.A. in Latin-Romance Translation Studies | Modern Greek, University of Bucharest (2016)
  • B.A. in Modern Greek and Romanian Philology, University of Bucharest (2014)
  • B.A. in English and Arabic Philology, Spiru Haret University (2009)

Additional Education:

  • The 27th Central European Summer School in Generative Grammar (EGG), 2021
  • The 6th Naxos Summer School on Diachronic Linguistics, Language Variation and Change in Ancient and Medieval Europe, Comparing Diachronies, 2021
  • The 4th Summer School of Linguistics "Eugeniu Coșeriu," 2020
  • The 5th Naxos Summer School on Diachronic Linguistics, 2020
  • Θ.Υ.Ε.Σ.Π.Α., Summer School in Modern Greek Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 2013


A mini-documentary on language and identity, which I created for the Humanities Lab, Only English? (Fall 2020), may be accessed at the link below. This course explored the pervasiveness of English and investigated the need to maintain other languages.
Research Interests: 
  • Cognitive linguistics & Cross-cultural linguistics
  • Semantics & Lexicology
  • Figurative language in foreign language instruction
  • Culture-specific keywords
  • Human body metaphors and emotion metaphors: universality and variation both across and within cultures
  • Historical semantics 
  • Grammaticalization and pragmaticalization
  • Discourse markers
  • Language and identity 
Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 201Introduction to Linguistics
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 201Introduction to Linguistics
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 201Introduction to Linguistics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 201Introduction to Linguistics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 201Introduction to Linguistics

Reviewer for the LingUU, (under)graduate student journal of linguistics at Utrecht University (UU)

Professional Associations: 

Member, Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)

Member, Linguistic Society of America (LSA)

Member, Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA)

Member, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL)

Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)

Member, The Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM)


Service (selection):

Award Reviewer, Graduate and Professional Student Association, ASU, Spring 2022

CCL Ph.D. Student Representative, Arizona State University, AY 2021-2022 

Ad-hoc abstract reviewer for the 27th Annual Graduate Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and TESOL Symposium, Arizona State University, 2021

Member and Evaluator, National Committee of the Linguistics Olympiad, University of Bucharest, 2015 & 2016 

Member, Organizing Committee for the 3rd Congress of the Neo-Hellenist of the Balkan Countries, University of Bucharest, 2015