Upcoming Events

8-10/11/2017. Mackenzie, J.L., Plenary lecture on self-prefixed verbs to the 41st Annual Conference of the Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos (AEDEAN), La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain.

28-30/9/2017. Mackenzie, J.L., "The syntax of an emotional expletive in English", 7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (7BICLCE2017), University of Vigo, Galicia, Spain.

10-13/9/2017. Gómez González, M.Á., S.M. Doval Suárez and E. González Álvarez will deliver the talk “Concessive patterns in online written reviews”, at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. University of Zürich, Switzerland.

10-13/9/2017. Gómez González, M.Á. and F. Gonzálvez García will be convenors of the Workshop entitled "Revisiting discourse markers and discourse relations in functional-cognitive space: Models and applications across languages, registers and genres”, at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. University of Zürich, Switzerland.

News

26-27/6/2017. Mackenzie, J.L., "Negative polarity in FDG", Workshop on Functional Discourse Grammar: Expressions of tense, aspect, mood, evidentiality and polarity. University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

8-9/6/2017. SCIMITAR has been involved in the organisation of the 2nd International Conference on the Discourse of Identity, in collaboration with Research Network ‘Lingua e literatura inglesa e identidade II’ (Xunta de Galicia R2014/ 403) and Research Group ‘Discurso e Identidade’ (Xunta de Galicia GRC2015/002 GI-1924).

31/5-2/6/2017. Mackenzie, J.L., "A descrição discursivo-funcional da negação em quatro línguas". 4º Simpósio Internacional de Linguística Funcional (SILF 4) in Natal RT, Brazil.

25-28/5/2017. SCIMITAR has been involved in the organisation of the 8th International Contrastive Linguistics Conference (ICLC8). Athens, Greece

25-28/5/2017. Gómez González, M.Á., Plenary, “Exploring tag questions and question tags in spoken discourse: evidence from English, Spanish and Portuguese”, 8th International Contrastive Linguistics Conference (ICLC8). Athens, Greece.

28-30/9/2016. SCIMITAR (research project MINECO FFI2013-40517-P) has organised the Fourth International Workshop on Discourse Analysis (IWoDA'16) under the heading ‘The construction of discourse as social interaction’, with the collaboration of Research Network ‘Lingua e literatura inglesa e identidade II’ (Xunta de Galicia R2014/ 403) and Research Group ‘Discurso e Identidade’ (Xunta de Galicia GRC2015/002 GI-1924).

15/4/2016. We are pleased to announce that Christopher Butler and Francisco Gonzálvez García have received the AESLA 2016 Prize for experienced researchers for their book Exploring Functional-Cognitive Space at the annual meeting of the Spanish Society for Applied Linguistics in Alicante.



1/2016. We are pleased to announce the release of the USC English Phonetics toolkit (book and companion website) developed by SCIMITAR members in the English and German Department of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC):

Gómez González, M.Á. and M.T. Sánchez Roura. 2016. English Pronunciation for Speakers of Spanish. From Theory to Practice (EPSS). Boston/Berlin/Beijing: Mouton de Gruyter.



Gómez González, M.Á., M.T. Sánchez Roura, M. Torrado Cespón, A. Rollings and M.D. Gómez Penas. EPSS Multimedia Lab.



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Newest Publications

  • Gómez González, M. Á. and J. L. Mackenzie (eds.). Forthcoming. The Construction of Discourse as Verbal Interaction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Gómez González, M. Á. Forthcoming. God that came out quick didn't it eh": Variable and invariable tag questions in British English. In M. Á. Gómez González and J. L. Mackenzie (eds.). 189-244.
  • Doval-Suárez, S. M. and E. González-Álvarez. Forthcoming. The use of tag questions in the oral production of L2 English learners. In M. Á. Gómez González and J. L. Mackenzie (eds.). 245-283.
  • Alba-Juez, L. and J.L. Mackenzie, 2016. Pragmatics: Cognition, Context and Culture. Madrid: McGraw Hill.
  • Gómez González, M. Á. 2016. Canonical tag questions in English, Spanish and Portuguese: A discourse-functional study. In Marie-Aude Lefer & Svetlana Vogeleer (eds.), Genre- and Register-related Discourse Features in Contrast. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Gómez González, M. Á. and M. T. Sánchez Roura. 2016. English Pronunciation for Speakers of Spanish. From Theory to Practice. Boston/Berlin/Beijing: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Gómez González, M. Á., M. T. Sánchez Roura, M. Torrado Cespón, A. Rollings and M. D. Gómez Penas. 2016. EPSS Multimedia Lab. (Interactive Website Patent).
  • González Álvarez, E. and S. M. Doval Suárez. 2016. The use of extraposition in the written production of Spanish advanced learners of English. The Linguistics Journal.
  • Hengeveld, K. and Mackenzie, J.L., 2016. Reflections on the lexicon in Functional Discourse Grammar. Linguistics 54.5. 1135-1161.
  • Mackenzie, J.L., 2016. Dynamicity and dialogue: Perspectives from Functional Discourse Grammar. English Text Construction. 9.1. 56-76.
  • Mackenzie, J.L., 2016. A first history of Functional Grammar. In Carlos Assunção, Gonçalo Fernandes & Rolf Kemmler (eds), History of Linguistics 2014: Selected Papers from the 13th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII), Vila Real, Portugal, 25 - 29 August 2014. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Mackenzie, J.L. 2016. Functional linguistics. In K. Allan (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Linguistics, London: Routledge. 470-484.
  • Taboada, M. 2016. Sentiment analysis: An overview from linguistics. Annual Review of Linguistics. 2: 325-347.
  • Trnavac, R. and M. Taboada. 2016. Cataphora, backgrounding and accessibility in discourse. Journal of Pragmatics. 93: 68-84.

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Meet a Member of SCIMITAR!

Elsa González-Álvarez is a tenured Lecturer in the Department of English Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). She holds a BA in English Philology and a PhD in English Philology from the University of Santiago de Compostela. Elsa teaches courses in morphology and syntax, in addition to postgraduate courses in second language acquisition and methodology in linguistic research. Her area of interest is second language acquisition, in particular acquisition of lexicon and discourse competence. She is the editor of three different volumes, some of them stemming out of the International Contrastive Linguistics Conferences held in Santiago de Compostela. She has also published on lexical innovation, acquisition of prepositions and multi-word expressions, most of it with a contrastive emphasis.

Selected publications include:

González Álvarez, E. 2007. Task-effect on the use of lexical innovation strategies in interlanguage communication, in García-Mayo (ed.) Investigating Tasks in Formal Language Learning. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters

Gómez González, María de los Ángeles; MacKenzie, Lachlan; González Álvarez, Elsa (eds.). 2008. Languages and Cultures in Contrast and Comparison. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Gómez González, María de los Ángeles; MacKenzie, Lachlan; González Álvarez, Elsa (eds.). 2008. Current Trends in Contrastive Linguistics: Functional and Cognitive Perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

González Álvarez, E. & Doval Suárez, S. 2008. Testing the cognitive categorisation of AT in Native and Non-Native English speakers. Evidence from a corpus study. The Linguistics Journal 3: 100-135.

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Welcome!

SCIMITAR is a forum for international cooperation among researchers oriented to the study of the interface between grammar and discourse.

The methods used are strongly contrastive. We work on the intralinguistic comparison of different varieties of English, and cross-linguistic comparison of English with other languages, notably Spanish.

The tools used are primarily those of corpus and computational linguistics, and the approaches taken include fucntional and/or cognitive models such as Functional (Discourse) Grammar, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Rhetorical Structure Theory, Construction Grammar, the Lexical Constructional Model, or Cognitive Grammar/Linguistics, among others.

 

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