Santiago-Centred International Milieu for Interactional, Typological and Acquisitional Research

SCIMITAR is a forum for international cooperation among researchers oriented to the study of the interface between grammar and discourse in present-day English.

The methods used are strongly contrastive. We work on the intralinguistic comparison of different varieties of English, and cross-linguistic comparison of English with other languages, notably Spanish.

The tools are primarily those of corpus and computational linguistics, linguistic technology, digital / learning analytics, and big data, among others. The approaches taken include (systemic) functional and/or (critical) discourse (analysis) / cognitive models, quantitative and qualitative investigations, multimodality, contrastive pragmatics / linguistics, as well as those involved in the production of technology-enhanced educational materials for e-learning and m-learning (including serious games).

There are regular opportunities for research positions in SCIMITAR as Research Assistant, for graduate or undergraduate students; and for graduate students to do their theses. If you are considering this possibility, or if you are interested in any of the research areas covered by the team, please get in touch with us.


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Newest Publications

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  • Doval-Suárez, S. M. and E. González-Álvarez. 2018. The use of tag questions in the oral production of L2 English learners. In M. Á. Gómez González and J. L. Mackenzie (eds.). 145-170.
  • Gómez González, M. Á. 2018a. God that came out quick didn’t it eh»: Variable and invariable tag questions in British English. In M. Á. Gómez González and J. L. Mackenzie (eds.). 109-144.
  • Gómez González, M. Á. 2018b. Lexical cohesion revisited. A combined corpus and Systemic-Functional analysis . Quaderns de Filologia-Estudis lingüístics XXIII. Monographic volume on Referential devices in the interface grammar-discourse. Cohesion, coherence and cognition. 105-127. doi: 10.7203/qf.23.13.523
  • Gómez González, M. Á. and  L. Mackenzie (eds.). 2018. The Construction of Discourse as Verbal Interaction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Gómez González, M. Á. and  L. Mackenzie. 2018. How is discourse constructed and evaluation achieved in verbal interaction? In M. Á. Gómez González and J. L. Mackenzie (eds.).1-25.
  • Alba-Juez, L. and J.L. Mackenzie, 2016. Pragmatics: Cognition, Context and Culture. Madrid: McGraw Hill.
  • Gómez González, M. Á. 2016. Canonical tag questions in English, Spanish and Portuguese: A discourse-functional study. In Marie-Aude Lefer & Svetlana Vogeleer (eds.), Genre- and Register-related Discourse Features in Contrast. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Gómez González, M. Á. and M. T. Sánchez Roura. 2016. English Pronunciation for Speakers of Spanish. From Theory to Practice. Boston/Berlin/Beijing: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Gómez González, M. Á., M. T. Sánchez Roura, M. Torrado Cespón, A. Rollings and M. D. Gómez Penas. 2016. EPSS Multimedia Lab. (Interactive Website Patent).
  • González Álvarez, E. and S. M. Doval Suárez. 2016. The use of extraposition in the written production of Spanish advanced learners of English. The Linguistics Journal.
  • Hengeveld, K. and Mackenzie, J.L., 2016. Reflections on the lexicon in Functional Discourse Grammar. Linguistics 54.5. 1135-1161.
  • Mackenzie, J.L., 2016. Dynamicity and dialogue: Perspectives from Functional Discourse Grammar. English Text Construction. 9.1. 56-76.
  • Mackenzie, J.L., 2016. A first history of Functional Grammar. In Carlos Assunção, Gonçalo Fernandes & Rolf Kemmler (eds), History of Linguistics 2014: Selected Papers from the 13th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XIII), Vila Real, Portugal, 25 – 29 August 2014. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Mackenzie, J.L. 2016. Functional linguistics. In K. Allan (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Linguistics, London: Routledge. 470-484.
  • Taboada, M. 2016. Sentiment analysis: An overview from linguistics. Annual Review of Linguistics. 2: 325-347.
  • Trnavac, R. and M. Taboada. 2016. Cataphora, backgrounding and accessibility in discourse. Journal of Pragmatics. 93: 68-84.





  • 2022. We are pleased to announce the investiture of Professor J. Lachlan Mackenzie as Honorary PhD at the Spanish Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).
  • 07/10/2020. Prof. Dr. Luis Iglesias Rábade (English Philology) obtained another PhD in Law (“cum laude mention”) with his PhD dissertation entitled Los delitos de falsedad y su punición en los Derechos español e inglés. Estudio histórico comparado. Faculty of Law. USC.
  • 28/03/2019. María de los Ángeles Gómez González was awarded the prestigious national XXII Rafael Monroy Research Prize for Experienced Researchers from the Spanish Society for Applied Linguistics (AESLA) for the book The Construction of Discourse as Verbal Interaction (co-edited with J. Lachlan Mackenzie).
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