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.


  • 07-08/07/2022. Organization of the Sixth Edition of Santiago de Compostela International Workshop on Discourse Analysis (IWoDA’22). Online & ‘Salón de Actos’ Faculty of Philology (USC). For more information visit: Iwoda 22
  • 17/02/2022.Organization of webinar «Texts as logico-semantic complexes, varying in organization according to fields of activity within context», by Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen (School of Foreign Languages, Hunan University). Webinar
  • 20-21/05/2021. Organization of Ninth International Contrastive Linguistics Conference (ICLC9), in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Genoa (Italy). Villa Durazzo (, in Santa Margherita-Portofino (Italy). For more information visit:
  • 10/02/2021. Organization of audio lecture on Intercultural Rhetoric and Academic Writing. Guest speakers: Ulla Connor & Matthew Hume (Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)) will give an. Faculty of Philology (USC).
    Intercultural Rhetoric and Academic Writing
  • 03-04/02/2021, Organization of postgraduate and undergraduate seminars on Researching political discourse: populism and new media. Guest speaker: Ruth Breeze (University of Navarra). Faculty of Philology (USC).
    Researching political discourse: populism and new media

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