The research lineas that are presently active are:
1. Conversation analysis
Oral discourse knowledge, crucial to acquire speaking skills in different contexts, starts from the contributions of ethnomethodology and develops in other successive significant trends. The conversational context is studied from the ethnography of communication and the interactional sociolinguistics (Goffman, Gumperz). Not only the conversation structure and its components are studied, but also the situated use of language from natural data, through recordings and transcription studies. The qualitative analysis is supported by the elements of language in combination with enunciation and pragmatics. This also applies to other oral genres derived from conversation.
2. Political discourse
Political discourse is one of the areas that has been the subject of study by our group under the semiodiscursive and enunciative approach. From this perspective, discourses from any sphere (social, cultural and literary; public and private) are anchored in a communicative context that is defined according to precise parameters. In this framework, we explore the situational dimension of discourse with descriptive and interpretive purposes. The different genres of political discourse are crucial in the construction of social meaning. Its particular constraints and its masking strategies, often used by politicians, constitute a challenge to the analyst.
3. Discourse and popularization of science
Science popularization is a discursive practice that stems from the relationship between the scientific community and the society through different media. The object of analysis focuses on the use of language in written or oral contexts. Topics under study are the necessary recontextualization that transforms scientific language into common language, the specificity of explanatory discourse and its procedures, and the expressive resources that both scientists and mediators operate to attract people's attention, to clarify and to account for notions and objects that can be hard to understand. The study of science popularization also takes into account its actors and the cultural and social representation of science.
4. Discourse and knowledge
This research line deals with knowledge that emerges from general beliefs of epistemic communities, and with the attribution of knowledge in discourse contexts. This line is based on a cognitive theory that focuses on the typology of knowledge and the ways of managing it in textual construction. We investigate the structures and strategies at all levels of text and talk, especially those global and local meanings that facilitate it: the reference, the given-new and topic-comment relationships, assumptions, implications, evidentiality, etc. Social and cultural dimensions of knowledge management are also investigated.
5. Discourse and gender
We work on the discursive construction of gender starting from basic theoretical concepts such as "performativity" (Butler, 1991), "symbolic violence" (Bourdieu, 1975), and "assujettissement" (Foucault, 1977), which allow us to delimit the perspective of the object of analysis, and subsequently the related multimodal analytical protocols. We analyze actual videotaped interactions (focus-groups, spotlights, interviews, commercials, films, written and oral work documents, etc.), being one of the most repeated analytical activities the observation of the "normative regulations" imposed by dominant discourses about bodies and interactions. The aim is to detect discursive processes of social transformation.
6. Discourse and social transformation. Critical discourse analysis
This research line is focused on observing and analyzing how social transformation is discursively constructed. In a period of crisis such as the present, in which citizens around the world are organized against economic systems (market dictatorships) and political systems that no longer represent them, new discourses that give meaning to indignation and action proposals arise (the occupation of squares and public spaces in different countries). The purpose of this research line is to detect how these new discourses are constructed and which socio-cognitive transformations convey.
7. Multilingualism and diversity. Sociolinguistic studies
The management of cultural and linguistic diversity becomes a key issue in a more heterogeneous than ever society constantly changing and evolving. From the theoretical concept of "multiculturalism" it has turned into "multiculturalism" and "transcultural", where diversity is proposed as a new basis for development, creativity, innovation, and also for social cohesion, equity and coexistence. This line of research emphasizes political discourses in urban environments as a unit of analysis, as they represent the main areas of concentration of population diversity resulting from immigration. The ultimate goal is to analyze whether beyond the discursive rhetoric of diversity as a positive value, a concrete and effective management in urban environments is made.
8. Discourse pragmatics. Contrastive, corpus and enunciative linguistics
The objective of this research line is to analyze and describe the pragmatic, semantic and grammatical features of lexical markers and idiomatic phraseological units, particularly those that have an epistemic value (related to the degree of certainty or probability) and / or evidential value (related to the source of knowledge) in various speech genres. The approach is primarily contrastive (Catalan, Spanish, French, English, and German). The purpose of the research is to observe the grammaticalization processes, the behavior and the differences or similarities of formal and functional language units analyzed in the process of drafting and interpretation of a speech given in a textual genre.