Mariana Montes

Mariana Montes

Doctor in Linguistics

KU Leuven


My name is Mariana Montes (boringly, in IPA: [ma’rja:na ‘montes]) and I am a Doctor in Linguistics discovering new passions in R, R Markdown and Data visualization.

I studied Italian Language and Literature at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina, where I’m from) and graduated in 2016 with a thesis on metaphorical usage of temperature terms in Italian. The degree is a “Licenciatura”, which takes 5 years and counts as both Bachelor and Master. Towards the end of 2017 I came to Belgium and started the path I’m on now. I defended mi PhD at KU Leuven on September 21, 2021.

I really really like languages, to study them and study about them. I also got into statistics and programming (which you need for that kind of work), and these skills exploded in the past few years. I get so excited with everything I learned that I want to use this space not just to introduce myself to whoever might be interested, but also to share the wonderful things I find. Next to Python and R (and the whole world that R Markdown offers), I got to learn Javascript and use it for data visualization.

Next to the academic and virtual lives I enjoy aikido and iaido, walking in green spaces, reading and baking. I also drink mate (🧉), a lot, and it’s very much part of who I am.

Download my resumé.

  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Visual Analytics
  • Aikido
  • Iaido
  • Baking
  • SF/F
  • PhD in Linguistics, 2017-2021

    KU Leuven

  • Licenciatura in Italian Language and Literature, 2011-2016

    Universidad Nacional de Córdoba



In love with Rmarkdown


Now and then


Getting the hang of it

Javascript, D3.js

Fun and beautiful


Nephological Semantics

Nephological Semantics

KU Leuven C1 project (basic research) to investigate distributional semantics applications to cognitive linguistics.


Desktop tool for semantic annotation of concordances. In development.

Conceptual Metaphor

Conceptual Metaphor

Project at Facultad de Lenguas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, resarching conceptual metaphor in discurse and corpora. Within it, I investigated metaphors in Spanish and Italian with the source domain of TEMPERATURE.