Members and Collaborators - LINDES: Linguistic Descriptions of English
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Members & collaborators, LINDES Research Group, Department of English Philology, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, USAL, English language
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Research group leader:
Izaskun Elorza, LINDES Research Group

Izaskun Elorza

Izaskun Elorza is Associate Professor in English Language and Linguistics at the Department of English Studies of the University of Salamanca. She has been Honorary Research Associate at the University of Liverpool and has lectured through international exchange programmes and personal invitations at the University of Cardiff, the University of Iceland and the University of Porto. Her research interests focus on multimodal discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics and grammar, corpus linguistics, and the applications of those to educational, professional and social contexts.

Research members at the University of Salamanca (alphabetical order):
Pedro Álvarez Mosquera, LINDES Research Group

Pedro Álvarez Mosquera

Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Salamanca, Spain. My current research focuses on the role of language (and language attitudes) in the social categorization process and intergroup perception in the context of South Africa. My main research interests are in (qualitative and quantitative) Sociolinguistics, Cognitive linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, and Linguistic Landscape (multimodal analysis), among other interrelated areas. I am also a UNISA Research Fellow, a member of the research project ‘Language in a Post-apartheid South African city’ (LaPASC), and the General Coordinator / Director of the Erasmus + Project BAQONDE.

Blanca García Riaza, LINDES Research Group

Blanca García Riaza

Blanca García-Riaza holds a Degree in English Studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Salamanca (2012). She is now permanent lecturer and teacher trainer at the Department of English Studies at the University of Salamanca, focusing her teaching on English for educational professionals and ESP for tourism professionals at the School of Education and Tourism. Her research interests focus on new methodologies and technological applications for the teaching of English at university level. She has published a great number of articles and contributed to relevant publications and conferences in the field.

Amanda Ellen Gerke, LINDES Research Group

Amanda Ellen Gerke

Amanda Ellen Gerke is Assistant Professor at the University of Salamanca where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English Studies, including language, linguistics, writing, and language pedagogy. Her research lines include (critical) discourse analysis, genre studies, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, descriptive linguistics applied to social and educational contexts, and literary discourse analysis.
She has published articles, book chapters, and edited volumes related to social determinants in code-switching, identity formation, language spaces, and speech communities. Her latest volume is co-edited, and titled Latinidad at the Crossroads: Insights into Latinx identity in the Twenty-First Century, Brill-Rodopi (2021).

Vasilica Mocanu, LINDES Research Group

Vasilica Mocanu

Vasilica is an early-stage career researcher in Applied Linguistics and an assistant professor at the University of Salamanca. Her mixed methods research within the field of applied and sociolinguistics delves into the relationship between language and identity under globalizing processes that trigger human mobility. Vasilica has graduated in English Studies and she obtained her MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Universitat de Lleida. In 2019, she received her doctoral degree with a dissertation on the implications of study abroad for identity development. Vasilica has been a visiting research fellow at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (2017) and at the Institute of Multilingualism – University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2018).

Agata Zelachowska, LINDES Research Group

Agata Zelachowska

Agata Zelachowska is a Part-time Lecturer of the Department of English Studies at the University of Salamanca. Her research interests include discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics with special interest in (Multimodal) Conceptual Metaphor Theory, social semiotics and multimodality, as well as the applications of descriptive linguistics to educational and social contexts.

Research Collaborators (alphabetical order):
Carla Amorós Negre, LINDES Research Group

Carla Amorós Negre (University of Salamanca)

Carla Amorós Negre is Ph.D. in General Linguistics and Associate Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Salamanca (Department of Spanish Language). Her main areas of scholarly interest include language policy and planning, sociolinguistics, linguistic variation, descriptive linguistics applied to social and educational contexts. She has been a visiting researcher in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and in Fachbereich 10: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften at the University of Bremen. She is director of the Master’s Degree ‘Máster Universitario en Lengua y Cultura Hispánicas’ (MULCH), as well as co-director of the Master’s Degree ‘La Enseñanza de Español como Lengua Extranjera’.

Jorge Arús-Hita, LINDES Research Group

Jorge Arús-Hita (University Complutense of Madrid)

Jorge Arús Hita is associate professor in English language and linguistics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His publications include work in the areas of contrastive functional linguistics and Systemic Functional Linguistics in general. He is co-author, with Julia Lavid and Juan Rafael Zamorano, of Systemic-Functional Grammar of Spanish: a Contrastive Study with English (2010). More recently, he has co-edited the special Lingua issue Dynamicity and Contrast in Systemic Functional Linguistics (2021, with Izaskun Elorza and Tom Bartlett) and the Revista Signos special issue Estudios de Lingüística Sistémico-Funcional en/del Español (2021, with Nora Kaplan).

Thomas Bartlett, LINDES Research Group

Thomas Bartlett (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)

Tom Bartlett is Professor of Functional and Applied Linguistics at the University of Glasgow. His research areas are Systemic Functional Linguistics (including descriptions of Scottish Gaelic), Critical Discourse Analysis and Cultural Linguistics. Tom’s research focuses of the dynamics of language from the clause through to ideological formations; the sociolinguistic concept of voice; and the discourses of sustainability.

Maria Bîrlea, LINDES Research Group

Maria Bîrlea (University of Salamanca)

Maria Bîrlea is a USAL Predoctoral Fellow FPI (funded by the University of Salamanca and Banco Santander, 2023-2027) in the Department of English Studies at the University of Salamanca. Her research interests focus on systemic functional grammar, multimodality, the systematisation of collustration patterns and how they can be applied to educational contexts, including the teaching of English amongst others. Maria holds a degree in English Studies from the University of Salamanca (2020) and completed her MA in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at University College Dublin (2021). She is currently doing her PhD titled: “A corpus-assisted analysis of multimodal patterns of migration in children’s picture books”, which is part of the Project MIAMUL “Children’s picture books about migration: Multimodal analysis and applicability to multicultural and multilingual environments” (Grant PID2021-124786OB-100 funded by MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033 and by “ERDF A way of making Europe”).

Laura Filardo Llamas, LINDES Research Group

Laura Filardo Llamas (University of Valladolid)

Laura Filardo-Llamas is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the Department of English Studies of the University of Valladolid. She has also worked at the University of Granada, and she has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ulster-Jordanstown, the University of Lancaster, and the Vrije University of Amsterdam. Her research specialises on Cognitive Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis, with a particular interest in political discourse analysis and social media. Her research is particularly focused on explaining the relation between cognition, discourse, and conflict.

Nely Milagros Iglesias Iglesias, LINDES Research Group

Nely Milagros Iglesias Iglesias (University of Salamanca)

Nely Iglesias is Non-tenured Associate Professor in the area of German Studies at the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Salamanca. She has worked extensively in lexicography and has co-authored more than a dozen common German-Spanish dictionaries (PONS, Klett-Verlag, Stuttgart), as well as the Idiomatik Deutsch-Spanisch (Buske, 2013). She has worked in several research projects on phraseology (currently on the project on idiomatic constructions ‘CONSTRIDIOMS’ led by Prof. Carmen Mellado at the University of Santiago). Her research interests include corpus linguistics, corpus-assisted analysis, cognitive linguistics, contrastive linguistics, and applications of descriptive linguistics to educational contexts.

Nora Kaplan de Mizrahi, LINDES Research Group

Nora Kaplan de Mizrahi (Nora Kaplan Language Center, Salamanca, Spain)

Nora Kaplan holds a PhD in Discourse Studies and a Masters in TELF from the University of Salamanca and Central University of Venezuela. She has a BA in English Philology from the University of Salamanca. She has published papers in (critical) discourse analysis, SFL and Appraisal theory. She has wide experience as a teacher of English and teacher trainer in South America and Spain. She is the founder and academic director of ‘Nora Kaplan Language Centre’ (

Arsenio Jesús Moya Guijarro, LINDES Research Group

Arsenio Jesús Moya Guijarro (University of Castilla-La Mancha)

Jesús Moya-Guijarro is Professor at the Faculty of Education in the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). He has published extensively on multimodal discourses in international journals, such as Review of Cognitive Linguistics, Word, Text, Functions of Language, Journal of Pragmatics and Text and Talk. He is co- editor together with Eija Ventola of ‘A Multimodal Approach to Challenging Gender Stereotypes’ (2022, Routledge) and of ‘The World Told and the World Shown: Multisemiotic Issues’ (2009, Palgrave Macmillan). He has also authored ‘A Multimodal Analysis of Picture Books for Children’ (2014, Equinox).

Francisco Javier Ruano García, LINDES Research Group

Francisco Javier Ruano García (University of Salamanca)

Javier Ruano-García is Associate Professor of the History of the English Language at the University of Salamanca. His main research interests lie in the fields of linguistic variation and sociolinguistics, with a focus on regional dialects of the early and late modern English periods, as well as of corpus linguistics. He is the author of Early Modern Northern English Lexis: A Literary Corpus-Based Study (Peter Lang, 2010) and has edited White Kennett’s Etymological Collections of English Words and Provincial Expressions for Oxford University Press (2018).

Pilar Sánchez García, LINDES Research Group

Pilar Sánchez García (University of Salamanca)

Pilar Sánchez-García, MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in English Linguistics in 2000, with a dissertation supervised by Gudelia Rodríguez on the spelling representation of Northern English dialects during the nineteenth century. I have taught in the Department of English Philology in Salamanca since 1994, where I obtained a position as Associate Professor in 2015. I teach undergraduate and MA courses on the history of the English language, linguistic variation in literary texts, and English diachronic dialectology. I am also one of the authors and compilers of the digital archive ‘Salamanca Corpus’ (;

Paula Schintu Martínez, LINDES Research Group

Paula Schintu Martínez (University of Salamanca)

Paula Schintu holds a PhD on Historical Sociolinguistics from the University of Salamanca. She completed her BA in English Studies from the University of Salamanca (2014) and an MA in Advanced English Studies from the Universities of Salamanca and Valladolid (2015). She is currently working as a lecturer in the Department of English Philology (2017—). She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Reading and at the University of Oxford. Her main fields of research are English historical linguistics and sociolinguistics, linguistic variation, diachronic dialectology and enregisterment in historical contexts.
Carmen Sumillera, LINDES Research Group

Carmen Sumillera Iglesias (University of Salamanca)

Carmen Sumillera Iglesias is a Predoctoral Fellow FPI (funded by the University of Salamanca and Banco Santander, 2023-2027) in the Department of English Studies at the University of Salamanca. She holds a degree in English Studies from the University of Salamanca (2022) and continued her education with a MA in Advanced English Studies (2023) in the same university. Carmen’s interests focus on sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics and language attitudes. Her PhD thesis deals with the impact of South African linguistic policies in higher education and how language attitudes and behaviours affect minoritized languages.


Maria Bîrlea (in progress)

A corpus-assisted analysis of multimodal patterns of migration in children’s picture books.

Supervisor: Izaskun Elorza

Donia Kaffel (in progress)

Linking adverbials in Tunisian academic writing: a corpus-based study of cohesion and conjunction across genres and disciplines.

Supervisors: Izaskun Elorza & Akila Sellami-Baklouti

Carmen Sumillera (in progress)

Impact of linguistic policies in the context of higher education on minoritized languages of South Africa and their speakers.

Supervisor: Pedro Álvarez Mosquera

Agata Zelachowska (in progress)

The metaphorical construction of migration in discourse.

Supervisor: Izaskun Elorza

Lorena B. Pérez Penup (2020)

Building an identity as academic writers in English as an Alternative Language: The case of Spanish researcher-professors in the ‘soft’ sciences.

Supervisor: Izaskun Elorza

Miriam Pérez-Veneros (2017)

Narrative voice in popular science in the British press: A corpus analysis on the construal of attributed meanings.

Supervisor: Izaskun Elorza

Blanca García-Riaza (2012)

Attribution and thematization patterns in science popularization articles of The Guardian newspaper.

Supervisor: Izaskun Elorza

Nely Milagros Iglesias Iglesias (2005)

El tratamiento de las unidades fraseológicas en diccionarios bilingües español/alemán y sus implicaciones didácticas en la enseñanza/aprendizaje del alemán como lengua extranjera.

Supervisors: Izaskun Elorza & Jesús Hernández Rojo


Donia Kaffel (University of Sfax)

(September-November 2023)

Francisco Ivorra (Universitat de València)

(March-April 2022)