I am a member of:

  • Formal Linguistics Group (GLiF), funded and recognized as a "Consolidated Research Group" (2014SGR00698) by the Government of Catalonia: The members of GLiF work on the formal description of the architecture of human language and the interactions between different modules - phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics - based on data from a number of languages
  • Linguistics Research Unit (UR-Ling): UR-Ling is an umbrella UPF research unit which encompasses GLiF and other research groups working on formal and descriptive linguistics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. See a video presentation of UR-Ling (ca) (en) (es).
  • During 2013-2014, while on sabbatical from UPF, I was a visiting reseacher at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Projects I currently participate in:

  • The syntax and information structure of unbounded dependencies (SISUD), P.I.: Alsina, Àlex. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spanish Government, FFI2011-23046 (2012-2015). Researchers: Laia Mayol, Enric Vallduví; Ash Asudeh, Mary Dalrymple, Yehuda Falk (†)

    SISUD aims to achieve a better understanding of unbounded dependency constructions (UDCs), which include filler-gap constructions, as well as resumptive pronoun constructions, from the point of view of their syntax and their information structure, and to provide integrated analyses of the syntax and information structure of UDCs. Despite the fact that the study of UDCs has been central to generative linguistics, since its inception, many issues in the syntax and information structure of these constructions are still inadequately resolved. SISUD aims to (A) make a contribution to the debate about these issues, (B) provide evidence to choose among competing analyses, and (C) provide new analyses to better explain the relevant facts.

  • Epistemic modality, evidentiality and grammaticality: Inter- and intralinguistic contrastive analysis in oral and written discourse (MODEVIG). P.I.: González, Montserrat. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spanish Government. FFI2011-25755 (2012-2015). Researchers: Clara Lorda, Elisabeth Miche, Aina Torrent, Enric Vallduví, Julia Williams.

    The main goal of the MODEVIG project is to analyze and describe the pragmatic, semantic and grammatical traits of lexical markers and idiomatic expressions with epistemic and evidential values in a variety of discourse genres. The analysis of data will be contrastive (inter and intralinguistic) in five languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, German and French. Processes of grammaticalization will be also considered. The aim of the project is to observe the behaviour and the formal and functional differences and similarities of such linguistic units in the process of elaboration and interpretation of a discourse in a given genre. In order to do so, both formal/structural aspects (morphology, syntax) and functional aspects (semantics, pragmatics) will be taken into account.

Projects I have lead:

  • Non-canonical constructions in oral discourse: Transversal and comparative study (NoCanDO), P.I.: Vallduví, Enric. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spanish Government, HUM2004-04463 (2004-2007). Researchers: Àlex Alsina, Stefan Bott, Lisa Brunetti, Joan Costa, Josep M. Fontana, Louise McNally, Estela Puig-Waldmüller, Teresa Suñol.

    The goal of NOCANDO was to establish a crosslinguistically taxonomy of noncanonical constructions (NOCANs). The languages studied and compared were Catalan, Spanish, Italian, English, and German. One result of the project was the NOCANDO Corpus, a is a corpus of spoken narrative text. It was created by recording free picture based narrations of native speakers in the languages mentioned above. The texts were transcribed, annotated and aligned, using the Praat software. More information about the project and the corpus can be found athttp://nocando.barcelonamedia.org/

  • A comparative study of connectors and discourse markers in a dynamic discourse semantics (DYCONNEX), P.I.: Vallduví, Enric.Departament d'Universitats, Recerca i Societat de la Informació, Catalan Government, PICS 2005-6 (2005-2007). Researchers: Gemma Andújar, Montserrat Cunillera, Josep M. Fontana, Montserrat González, Joelle Rey, Mercè Tricás.

  • I was the local organizer of Catalog '04: The 8th Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue Workshop (Semdial). "Catalog '04" took place in July 2004. Take a look at the proceedings of Catalog '04. Check history of Semdial events.

 

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