Activities

My activities in retirement comprise research and postgraduate teaching in the framework of Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG), the editing of the major journal of functional linguistics, and my association with three linguistics projects, one based in Portugal and two in Spain. Please click on the links below for details.

The main focus of my research is on the development of Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG) together with Kees Hengeveld and many other researchers worldwide. This model differs from other approaches to the analysis of languages in taking the discourse act as its basic unit of analysis. It is strongly oriented to language typology. FDG distinguishes four levels of linguistic organization (interpersonal, representational, morphosyntactic and phonological) and orders these levels in a top-down fashion. Each level is structured hierarchically. Major publications in this area are Hengeveld & Mackenzie (2008), Keizer (2015) and Hengeveld & Mackenzie's article in Heine & Narrog (2015). For a complete bibliography and other information about this approach, see the Functional Discourse Grammar homepage.

I am one of the Editors responsible for the articles section of the journal Functions of Language (John Benjamins), which publishes articles and reviews books from the full spectrum of functional linguistics, seeking to bring out the fundamental unity behind the various schools of thought, while stimulating discussion among functionalists; the other editors responsible for the articles in Functions of Language are Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) and Monika Bednarek (University of Sydney, Australia).

I am a member of the editorial board of the Croatian linguistics journal Jezikoslovlje, the Slovene journal of English Studies ELOPE, the Romanian journal British and American Studies as well as the Spanish journals Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, Journal of English Studies and Complutense Journal of English Studies, the online journal Language under Discussion and the Brazilian journals Alfa — Revista de Linguística and Acta Scientiarum: Language and Culture.

I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the book series Discussions in Functional Approaches to Language at Equinox Publishing. In addition, I am a member of the Board of Directors (Consejo de Dirección) of the Spanish Asociación de Lingüística del Discurso (Association for Discourse Linguistics).

I am a collaborator with CELGA-ILTEC, a linguistics centre of the University of Coimbra, recently formed from Coimbra's Centre of General and Applied Linguistics (CELGA) and Lisbon's Institute for Theoretical and Computational Linguistics (ILTEC). From 2010 to 2013, I was the coordinator of ILTEC's participation in the British Council’s international project Language Rich Europe.

Since 2002 I have been associated with the research group Santiago-Centred International Milieu for Interactional, Typological and Acquisitional Research, SCIMITAR. We focus on the grammar-discourse interface from the viewpoint of functional-typological linguistics, also considering information processing and the acquisition of languages. SCIMITAR has been coordinated since its inception by Prof. Dr. María de los Ángeles Gómez-González of the Department of English and German Philology of the University of Santiago de Compostela. SCIMITAR has received funding for its research projects from various authorities and organizations, notably the European Regional Development Fund, the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness and the Xunta de Galicia (the Autonomous Government of Galicia). We organized the international workshop IWoDA'16 (Fourth International Workshop on Discourse Analysis) in Santiago de Compostela on 29-30 September 2016 and have now submitted for publication a book arising from that workshop.

I have recently joined the international project ‘The discursive emotive/evaluative function in different texts and work contexts: Emotion and language at work’ (EMO-FUNDETT). This project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Laura Alba-Juez, Professor of English Linguistics at the National Distance Education University (UNED) in Madrid, Spain. It is concerned with the emotional function of language, especially as this is realized and managed by individuals and groups in both institutional and corporate work environments. One of the planned outcomes of this project is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Language and Emotion to which I have contributed a lecture on 'Emotions and words' and an interview with Prof. Alba-Juez; another product is an edited volume called Emotion in Discourse currently in preparation.

Since September 2017 (until 2020) I have been the Treasurer of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), the Linguistics Society of Europe. The SLE organizes annual conferences (the 2018 edition is in Tallinn, Estonia) and publishes two journals, Folia Linguistica and Folia Linguistica Historica.

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