Group of Discourse and Communication in English: Studies in Cognitive and Functional Linguistics (DISCOM-COGFUNC)

Department of English Studies
Facultad de Filología

Discourse and Communication in English: Studies in Cognitive and Functional Linguistics (DISCOM-COGFUNC) is a UCM consolidated group, graded as Excellent by the Spanish ‘Agencia Estatal de Investigación’.
The research interests of the group are the following:
(i) Studies in discourse, cognition and ideology: This line of research examines socio-cultural issues in discourse, from the perspectives of Cognitive Linguistics and Critical Discourse Studies. Topics include: (a) stance and subjectivity in discourse domains (journalistic, political, etc.), and genres (opinion columns, political speeches, etc.); (b) stance and (de-)legitimation strategies in discourse, persuasion and manipulation.
(ii) Multimodal discourse studies: The research addresses the use of multimodality in advertising, and other discourse domains, and the discourse of cartooning.
(iii) Studies in pragmatics and intercultural communication: This research focuses on various pragmatic and intercultural issues, such as (im)politenes, disagreement strategies, etc., and on the language of computer-mediated communication.
(iv) Studies in literary discourse, cognitive poetics and narratology: Research here focuses on literary discourse and narrativity, from the perspective of recent cognitive paradigms.
(v) Discourse for academic and professional studies: This research addresses various issues in discourse genres for academic and professional purposes (Academic English, Business English, Legal English, etc.).

The group forms part of CORPUSNET. Corpora, applications and tools may be accessed at: http://corpusnet.unileon.es/inicio

The research group welcomes project proposals in the following lines of research: (i) Studies in discourse, cognition, interculturality and ideology; (ii) Multimodal discourse studies; (iii) Studies in pragmatics and intercultural communication; (iv) Studies in literary discourse, cognitive poetics and narratology; (v) Discourse for academic and professional studies.