Israela Becker, Ph.D.

I am a cognitive linguist, curretnly a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Philosophy, Linguistics and Science Studies at Tel-Aviv University, co-supervised by Prof. Mira Ariel and Prof. Rachel Giora.

I hold a master’s degree (2017, summa cum laude) as well as a major (2014, summa cum laude) in linguistics, both from the Department of Linguistics at Tel-Aviv University. I also hold a Ph.D. in chemistry from Tel-Aviv University (1999, with distinction), where I specialized in experimental chemical physics. Over the course of my (prior) Ph.D. studies I worked at the lab of Prof. Mark A. Johnson at Yale University.

I was a senior lecturer at AFEKA – Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering (2000-2013), where I taught chemistry-related courses.

Publications

R. Giora, S. Givoni, and I. Becker. How defaultness affects text production: Resonating with default interpretations of negative sarcasm. In The Diversity of Irony. Walter de Gruyter. 2020. p. 66-77 [link, preprint available upon request]

R. Giora. and I. Becker. S/he is not the most sparkling drink in the pub. Global vs. local cue – Which reigns supreme? Metaphor and Symbol, 34 (3), 141-157 (2019) [link, preprint available upon request]

I. Becker and R. Giora. The Defaultness Hypothesis: A quantitative corpus-based study of non/default sarcasm and literalness production. Journal of Pragmatics, 138, 149-164 (2018) [link, preprint available upon request]

R. Giora, I. Jaffe, I. Becker and O. Fein. Strongly attenuating highly positive concepts: The case of default sarcastic interpretations. Review of Cognitive Linguistics, 16 (1), 19-47 (2018) [link, preprint available upon request]

I. Becker. The good, the not good, and the not beautiful: On the non-obligatoriness of suppression following negation. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 11 (2), 255-283 (2015) [pdf]

I. Becker and V. Aharonson. Last but definitely not least: On the role of the last sentence in automatic polarity-classification. Proceedings of the ACL 2010 Conference (short papers), 331-335, Uppsala, Sweden, 11-16 July 2010 [pdf]

E. Flaxer, I. Becker, and B. Fisherman. An alternative approach in mechatronics curricular development at AFEKA – Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering and at Tel-Aviv University. IJMEE- The International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 36 (3), 266-282 (2008) [pdf]

I. Becker and E. Flaxer. Analyzing the hierarchical organization of text by using biologically-inspired statistical methods. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 15 (4), 318-339 (2008) [pdf]

E. Ben-Jacob, I. Becker, Y. Shapira, and H. Levine. Bacterial linguistic communication and social intelligence. Trends in Microbiology, 12 (8), 366-372 (2004) [pdf]

E. Ben-Jacob, Y. Shapira, I. Becker, N. Raichman, V. Volman, E. Hulata, and I. Baruchi. Communication-based regulated freedom of response in bacterial colonies. Physica A, 330 (1-2), 218-231 (2003) [pdf]

J. M. Weber, J. Kim, E. A. Woronowicz, G. H. Weddle, I. Becker, O. Cheshnovsky, and M. A. Johnson. Observation of resonant two-photon photodetachment of water cluster anions via femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy. Chemical Physics Letters 339, 337-342 (2001) [pdf]

I. Becker and O. Cheshnovsky. Photodetachment studies of extended excited states in IXen clusters (n = 1-54). Journal of Chemical Physics 110, 6288-6297 (1999) [pdf]

C. E. H. Dessent, , M. A. Johnson, I. Becker, and O. Cheshnovsky. Electron transfer and charge separation in clusters. In Advances in Chemical Physics: Electron Transfer – from Isolated Molecules to Biomolecules. Vol. 106 (part I). John Wiley & Sons. 1999. p. 265-302 [link, preprint available upon request]

J. Kim, I. Becker, O. Cheshnovsky, and M. A. Johnson. Photoelectron spectroscopy of the “missing” hydrated electron clusters (H2O)n, n = 3, 5, 8 and 9: isomers and continuity with the dominant clusters n = 6, 7 and ≥11. Chemical Physics Letters 297, 90-96 (1998) [pdf]

I. Becker and O. Cheshnovsky. A combined mass gate – energy discriminator. Review of Scientific Instruments 68, 4625-4626 (1997) [pdf]

I. Becker, G. Markovich, and O. Cheshnovsky. Bound delocalized excited states in IXen clusters. Physical Review Letters 79, 3391-3394 (1997) [pdf]

I. Becker and O. Cheshnovsky. The decay of Pyrazine and Pyrazine-D4 in supersonic jets: Isotope effects. Journal of Chemical Physics 101, 3649-3655 (1994) [pdf]

Mi ankaŭ kantas en Esperanto

אִם זֶמֶר שִׁיר מִזֶּה הוֹצֵאנוּ / אַל נִתְנַכֵּר לוֹ יְדִידַי / אַל נִתְיָחֵס נָא אֶל עַצְמֵנוּ / בְכוֹבֶד רֹאש מֻפְרָז מִדַּי

(“נתן אלתרמן, מתוך שיר סיום, “שלמה המלך ושלמי הסנדלר)

Decembro

Joĉjo mia talenta fil’

Balado por la virin’

Dua birdo

Lulkanto

La violkolora rob’

Contact Information

Israela Becker
Email: Israela.Becker@gmail.com; Israela2@post.tau.ac.il