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Department of English Language & Linguistics
Ciudad Universitaria
28040 - Madrid
Spain

I have always been fascinated by language, the multiple purposes for which we humans use it and its centrality in our lives. As Vyvyan Evans puts it in The Language Myth, “Language is the hallmark of what it means to be human”. This is the reason why, even from my early years, I became a profund listener and (quite unavoidably) a discourse analyst.  

In my current research, I normally take a Critical Discourse Analysis approach to the analysis of language in use. As a CDA researcher, I am driven by social issues and I tackle them from a linguistic perspective. In fact, my PhD thesis seeks to explore a social problem which, despite relative improvement & more awareness in recent years, still deserves urgent attention: intimate partner violence. In short, I am analysing the discourse of women who have experienced IPV in their lives and paying attention to the discursive ways in which the perpetrator is constructed.

Apart from doing research on Discourse Studies, I am keen to analyse the social issues I am concerned with by making use of Pragmatics. More recently, I have focused on digital contexts to investigate different aspects of digital discourse & computer-mediated-communication, especially considering how nuclear digital manifestations of language are becoming in our daily lives. This is why I have already explored several aspects of online discourse in WhatsApp and online forums. Last but not least, I have done research related to language, gender and sexuality from different perspectives. For instance, I have worked on gender and sexual stereotypes on teaching materials and in classroom discourse.

You can find references to major publications and talks in the corresponding sections.