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Research, Faculty and Results

Dissertation tutoring and supervision assessment system

The academic staff’s teaching commitment to PhD dissertations follows the UCM Regulations

Research profiles in English Linguistics

The PhDEngLing Programme formally has one research line. Still, within the programme, the research of English language discourse, covered monographically or contrastively, is mainly addressed from the following research profiles or viewpoints:

A.-(Socio)cognitive linguistics: lexical or grammatical categorization regarding semantic organization and conceptual processing; conceptualization and categorization processes related to our pre-conceptualized physical and sensitive experience; metaphorical and metonymic projections, etc.; research of negotiated meaning and more conventional linguistic works; studies on the linguistic construction of identity from cognitive and cultural perspectives.

B-. Functional linguistics. Grammar and discourse: structure of the linguistic information and relationship between shape, function, intention and context; investigation of different types of texts based on empirical and real data on the discursive use of English language and of the English language in contrast.

C-. Discourse analysis from critical, pragmatic, intercultural, semiotic and stylistic perspectives. Studies dedicated to the analysis and description of English used by different speakers in different texts and contexts; analysis of the relationship between language and power in political and social contexts; analysis of poetry and prose fiction works, of professional speech, specialized or of a different kind; studies focused on the use of English in new communicative channels, social media, virtual contexts, etc.; multimodal discourse; literary linguistics and stylistics.

D-. Contrastive and translation English-Spanish studies: concerned with current or old varieties; analyses contributing to historical reception of Spanish and English literature; studies highlighting relevant aspects of localized translation, subtitling, audio-description, voice overlapping, etc. Translation and accessibility; configuration, evolution and classification of speech languages and sign-spatial and visual perception or sign language, etc

E-. Discourse analysis from theoretical and pedagogical perspectives: identification of new concepts, elaboration of new designs concerning knowledge and learning; the role of education in identity creation; socio-educational analysis of the relevant politics and options  related to the use of English in different contexts and of recent demand; impact of bilingual learning programmes of integration, immersion, or bicultural in the creation of learning identities or academic (in)equality; particular behaviours displayed in immigration and bilingual contexts.

F-. Corpus linguistics and computational text-processing: use, development and design of computational corpora; use of computer-based material to develop and support linguistic theories; design and generation of corpus, operation and development of tools for the treatment of linguistic data, etc. Studies focused on the combined use of ICT, e-learning and English language are also included here.