David Wilson has taught English language and linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel since 1995. Since 2005 he has also taught at the University of Geneva. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from University College London, an MA in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck College London, and is currently undertaking doctoral research. While lexicographer and applied linguistics editor at Oxford University Press, David became familiar with and sympathetic to a broadly functional approach to linguistics. His interests developed in the area of Conceptual Metaphor, and his research is now mainly in the emerging field of Cognitive Poetics, focusing especially on Blending Theory and Iconicity and applying these to the works of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. In his language and phonetics teaching, he uses insights from functional and cognitive theories in trying to bring an innovative and motivating approach to traditional issues.