Research Projects

 

 

Implementación de vídeos instructivos para la mejora de las producciones escritas en inglés como lengua extranjera de estudiantes universitarios en entornos online (VILEO).

Dr. Milagros Torrado Cespón is the main researcher in the project proposal entitled INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS IN THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM FOR THE IMPROVEMENTE OF ONLINE WRITTEN PRODUCTIONS IN ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. Retos de investigación UNIR. 2020-2022.

E-learning phonetics for life: English pronunciation in digital environments for Spanish and Galician speaking learners (e-LPHON4L) (Coordinated Project)

General Coord­inator: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

Subproject 1 (S1): Teaching the sounds of English to L2 and L3 learners in digital learning environments (e-LPHON4L: SOUNDS)

PI1: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

PI2: Alfonso Lago Ferreiro

Subproject 2 (S2): Teaching the sounds of English to L2 and L3 learners in digital learning environments (e-LPHON4L: PROSODY)

PI: Jesús Romero Trillo

Period: 01/06/2020 – 01/06/2023

Funding Entity: National Research Agency, co-financed with FEDER funds of the European Regional Development Funds program

Funding: 71.390,00€

Outline: This project pursues three objectives: (1) to develop new training resources in the form of a multi-platform app to improve the English pronunciation and foster phonological awareness and intercultural understanding; (2) to train users-including teachers, learners, and researchers in the materials and data derived from the project; (3) to produce educational materials and high quality research publications based on data culled from Digital and Learning Analytics, as well as Education / Learning Technologies. Besides, our results will be shared with the general public, which will not only enhance the visibility of interdisciplinary research (uniting insights from Digital Humanities, e-Learning, m-Learning and Communication Technologies) but will also empower the communicative competence of our society.

Research/Work Team:

S1: Dr María de los Ángeles Gómez González (USC), Dr Alfonso Lago Ferreiro (UVigo), Dr Cristina Castillo Rodríguez (UMA), Dr Inmaculada Clotilde Santos Díaz (UMA), Dr Milagros Torrado Cespón (UNIR), Dr José María Díaz Lage (UNIR), Dr María José Rodríguez Malmierca (CESGA), BS Diego Nieto Caride (CESGA), Dr Xosé Luis Regueira Fernández (USC), Dr Martín Llamas Nistal (UVigo), Dr Carlos Vaz de Carbalho (PI Porto), Bronwen Evans (UCL), Elisabetta Adami (University of Leeds).

S2: Jesús Romero Trillo (AUM), María Dolores Ramírez Verdugo (AUM), Eva M. Mestre Mestre (UPV), MA Raúl Jiménez Vilches (AUM), Nancy Ávila Ledesma (UnEx), MA Pauline Madella (University of Brighton).

The Construction of Discourse as Social Interaction: Contrastive Implications and Applications (FFI2013-40517-P)

PI: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

Period: 01-01-2014 – 31-12-2017

Funding Entity: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, co-financed with FEDER funds of the European Regional Development Funds program

Funding:€ 54,450.00

Outline: This project aims to investigate the strategies and processes involved in the construction of discourse as social interaction in English, while building in a substantial element of contrast with other languages (mainly Spanish and Portuguese). The projects adopts an integrated four-dimensional approach: (1) Grammatical construction of discourse; (2) Analysis of the interface between discourse and society; (3) Exploration of the use of constructions in social interaction; and (4) Analysis of advanced discourse competence – complements the third dimension by examining the acquisition of English as a foregin language in both the oral and written medium.

Research/Work Team: Dr María de los Ángeles Gómez González (USC), Dr Teresa Sánchez Roura (USC), Dr Susana María Doval Suárez (USC), Dr Elsa González Álvarez (USC), Dr. Francisco Gonzálvez García (University of Almería), Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University), Dr Lachlan Mackenzie (Free University of Amsterdam), Dr Mike Hannay (Free University of Amsterdam), Dr María Teresa Taboada Gómez (Simon Fraser University), Hans Boas (University of Texas at Austin), Dawn Archer (Manchester Metropolitan University).

CONTAGRAM Research Network: Contrastive Linguistics: Constructional and Functional Approaches (WO.013. 11N)

CONTAGRAM Research NetworkContrastive Linguistics: Constructional and Functional Approaches (WO.013. 11N)

Coordinator of the coordinating team: Miriam Taverniers

Coordinator of the coordinated team: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

Period: 2011-2016

Funding: € 62,500.00

Outline: Contrastive Linguistics: Constructional and Functional Approaches seeks to promote research on the interaction between contrastive and constructional and/or functional linguistics. Contagram brings together twelve internationally renowned research teams, including SCIMITAR, that work on the intersections contrastive linguistics-language typology and contrastive linguistics-construction grammar/functional linguistics. The network is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).

Research/Work Team: Ghent University: Contragram (coordinating team), Antwerp University: Centre for Grammar, Cognition and Typology; University of Leuven: Franitalco; Université Catholique de Louvain: Centre for English Corpus Linguistics; University of Leiden: Cognitive linguistics and Construction Grammar; University of Edinburgh: Construction Grammar Research Group; University of Bergen: Indo-European Case and Argument structure; Université de Lille 3: STL-Savoirs, Textes, Langage; Université de Caen: Crisco; Universidad Complutense de Madrid: Functional Linguistics English–Spanish and its applications University of Santiago de Compostela: Scimitar; University of Hong Kong: School of English.

Multidimensional Study of the Grammar-Discourse Interface in English Language II (FFI2010-19380)

PI: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

Period: 2011-2014

Funding Entity: Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, co-financed with FEDER funds of the European Regional Development Funds program

Funding: € 121,000.00

Outline: This project aims to provide speakers of Spanish with the grammatical and contextual characteristics of different genres or text types in Present-Day English (conversations, television or radio programmes, academic, journalistic or literary texts, etc.), with the goal of improving their communicative competence in this foreign language. In order to attain this objective we shall adopt an integrated multidimensional approach, along four dimensions: (1) the exploration of “functional-cognitive space” with the aim of designing models of linguistic description with an optimum level of descriptive and explanatory adequacy (Functional Discourse Grammar, Systemic-Functional Linguistics, Construction Grammar, Fragment Grammar); (2) the analysis of “marked constructions” in English concerning the left and right periphery of the sentence, from a theoretical and applied (acquisitonal) perspective; (3) the study of cohesion strategies across different discourse types; and (4) the design of teaching and learning materials to improve English pronunciation targetting speakers of Spanish and Galician.

Research/Work Team: Dr María de los Ángeles Gómez González (USC), Dr Susana María Doval Suárez (USC), Dra. Elsa González Álvarez (USC), Dr. Francisco Gonzálvez García (University of Almería), Dr Christopher Stuart Butler (University of Cardiff-Swansea), Dr. Lachlan Mackenzie (Free University of Amsterdam), Mike Hannay (Free University of Amsterdam), Dr María Teresa Taboada Gómez (Simon Fraser University), BA Ana Patricia García Varela (USC), BA Ana Patricia García Varela (USC)

Grammar, Discourse and Communicative Skills in English Language. An Integrated Multidisciplinary Approach (09PXIB204155PR)

PI: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

Period: 2/12/2009-2/12/2012

Funding Entity: Autonomous Government of Galicia, Xunta de Galicia

Funding: 55,566.00

Outline: This project complements grant FFI2010-19380. It aims to provide speakers of Galician and Spanish with the grammatical and contextual characteristics of different genres or text types in present-day English in their communicative contexts (conversations, television or radio programmes, academic, literary or journalistic texts, etc.), with the goal of improving their communicative competence in this foreign language. In order to attain this objective we shall adopt an integrated multidisciplinary approach, along four dimensions: (1) the exploration of functional-cognitive space with a special focus on (a) Functional Discourse Grammar, (b) Systemic-Functional, Linguistics, (c) Construction Grammar, (d) Fragment Grammar; (2) the anlysis of movement constructions (preposing and postposing) and complementation constructions; (3) the scrutiny of two discourse construction strategies, namely cohesion and subjectivity; and (4) the design of teaching and learning materials to improve English pronunciation targetting speakers of Spanish and Galician.

Research/Work Team: Dr María de los Ángeles Gómez González (USC), Dr Susana María Doval Suárez (USC), Dra. Elsa González Álvarez (USC), Dr. Francisco Gonzálvez García (University of Almería), Dr Christopher Stuart Butler (University of Cardiff-Swansea), Dr. Lachlan Mackenzie (Free University of Amsterdam), Mike Hannay (Free University of Amsterdam), Dr María Teresa Taboada Gómez (Simon Fraser University), BA Ana Patricia García Varela (USC), BA Ana Patricia García Varela (USC).

Comparative Study of the Grammar-Discourse Interface in English, with a particular focus on coherence and subjectivity (HUM2007-62220)

PI: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

Period: 11/06/2008 – 30/09/2010

Funding Entity: Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, co-financed with FEDER funds of the European Regional Development Funds program

Funding: 37,182.09

Outline: Our general aim is to describe the Grammar-Discourse interface, that is, to analyse various aspects of the grammar of Present-Day English in its communicative contexts, using a comparative or contrastive methodology based on the concept of paradigmatic and syntagmatic opposition, (a) in different registers of English (intralinguistic contrasts) and (b) comparing variations of English with other languages, mainly Castilian Spanish (interlinguistic contrasts), with the aim of determining different aspects of intra- and interlinguistic variability. We shall also apply the analytical tools afforded by corpus linguistics and computational linguistics, basically for the automatic extraction of linguistic data and the statistical analysis of frequency distributions using multivariate statistical techniques which will allow us to explicate the interface under analysis, basing our conclusions on the evidence of the data obtained.

Research/Work Team: Dr María de los Ángeles Gómez González (USC), Dr María Dolores Gómez-Penas (USC), Dr Susana María Doval Suárez (USC), Dra. Elsa González Álvarez (USC), Dr Andrew Rollings (USC), Dr. Francisco Gonzálvez García (University of Almería), Dr Christopher Stuart Butler (University of Cardiff-Swansea), Dr. Lachlan Mackenzie (Free University of Amsterdam), Mike Hannay (Free University of Amsterdam), Dr María Teresa Taboada Gómez (Simon Fraser University), BA/MA María Teresa Lorenzo Penedo (USC)

Discourse Analysis in English: Aspects of cognition, typology and L2 acquisition (PGIDIT03PXIC20403PN)

PI: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

Period: 01/08/2003 hasta: 30/09/2005

Funding Entity: Autonomous Government of Galicia, Xunta de Galicia

Funding: €13,000.00

Outline: This project complements grant BFF2002-02441. Our goal is also twofold. One, we shall scrutinize the formal characteristics of different text types and genres in present-day English across written and spoken varieties ((ortho)graphic, phonetic, lexico-semantic, morfo-syntactic, and discoursive), paying particular attention to questions of cohesion, coherence and subjectivity. And two, we shall investigate the difficulties of acquisition ( subtitution, transposition, additon or omission) that such dimensions pose to speakers of Galician in order to improve their performance across the aforementioned varieties.

Research/Work Team: Dr María de los Ángeles Gómez González (USC), Dr María Dolores Gómez-Penas (USC), Dr Susana María Doval Suárez (USC), Dra. Elsa González Álvarez (USC), Dr Andrew Rollings (USC), Dr Christopher Stuart Butler (University of Cardiff-Swansea), Dr. Lachlan Mackenzie (Free University of Amsterdam), Dr. Francisco Gonzálvez García (University of Almería), Dr María Teresa Taboada Gómez (Simon Fraser University), BA/MA María Teresa Lorenzo Penedo (USC).

Discourse Analysis in English: Aspects of cognition, typology and L2 acquisition (BFF2002-02441)

PI: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

Period: 01/12/2002 – 30/11/2005

Funding Entity: Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, co-financed with FEDER funds of the European Regional Development Funds program

Funding: €29,960.00

Outline: Our aim in this project is twofold. On the one hand, we intend to uncover the formal characteristics of different text types and genres in present-day English across written and spoken varieties ((ortho)graphic, phonetic, lexico-semantic, morfo-syntactic, and discoursive), paying particular attention to questions of cohesion, coherence and subjectivity. On the other hand, we shall describe the difficulties of acquisition (subtitution, transposition, additon or omission) that such dimensions pose to speakers of Spanish in order to improve their performance across the aforementioned varieties.

Research/Work Team: Dr María de los Ángeles Gómez González (USC), Dr María Dolores Gómez-Penas (USC), Dr Susana María Doval Suárez (USC), Dra. Elsa González Álvarez (USC), Dr Andrew Rollings (USC), Dr Christopher Stuart Butler (University of Cardiff-Swansea), Dr. Lachlan Mackenzie (Free University of Amsterdam), Dr. Francisco Gonzálvez García (University of Almería), Dr María Teresa Taboada Gómez (Simon Fraser University), BA/MA María Teresa Lorenzo Penedo (USC).

 

Discourse Analysis in English: Synchronic and contrastive aspects with especial reference to Galician and/or Spanish (PGIDT00PXI2040PR)

PI: María de los Ángeles Gómez González

Period: 01/10/2000 hasta: 01/10/2002

Funding Entity: Autonomous Government of Galicia, Xunta de Galicia

Funding: 12.020,24€

Outline: Our goal in this project is to compare and contrast different genres and text types in Present-Day English and Galician and/or Spanish across the written-spoken divide. The analysis will intend to include all levels of linguistic description: (ortho)graphic, phonetic, lexico-semantic, morfo-syntactic, and discoursive. The approach will be descriptive and applied from the point of view of language acquisition.

Research/Work Team: Dr María de los Ángeles Gómez González (USC), Dr Susana María Doval Suárez (USC), Dra. Elsa González Álvarez (USC), Dr. Francisco Gonzálvez García (University of Almería), BA/MA María Teresa Lorenzo Penedo (USC).

For other research grants, please check the individual entries for each researcher at http://www.scimitar.es/index.php/research-team/ or the relevant section of the Discourse & Identity research group of which the SCIMITAR team is a member: https://discursoeidentidade.com/?page_id=1178.