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Research projects

Some members of the Complexity, Communication and Sociolinguistics Group take part in the following research projects: 

MSLC – Medium-sized Language Communities (FFI2009-10424) I+D

Title: «Globalització, intercomunicació i llengües pròpies en les comunitats lingüístiques mitjanes [Globalization, Intercommunication and Own Languages in Medium-sized Language Communities]»

Members of the group that take part in this project:  Albert Bastardas, Vanessa Bretxa, Xavier Laborda, Sabela Labraña i Josep Soler

Description: This project proposes general guidelines for research that aims to study what are the social, political and economic conditionings which allow to progress towards maintaining linguistic communities with are mediu-sized demographically. The research is focused on those linguistic communities that are part of developed societies in a context of economic development progress, to see how this really affects to global trends in medium-sized languages, what this trend involves, and how these linguistic communities face the challenge to stay alive while they are still part of the prevailing global context.



LLENGUATGE, COGNICIÓ I COMUNICACIÓ DES DE LA PERSPECTIVA DE COMPLEXITAT [LANGUAGE, COGNITION AND COMMUNICATION FROM COMPLEXITY APPROACH]

Members of the group that take part in this project:  Albert Bastardas i Àngels Massip

Description: In the complexity approach, converge different contributions from different authors and scientific institutions, which means that, at this point, no one has yet established or unified a paradigm but rather a set of ideas and valid intuitions which are needed, however, to arrange and integrate coherently. In addition, certain lines are less connected to others, especially if they have been designed for physico-chemical or psychosocial levels and, in some cases, specific approaches may have significant differences.

For this reason, we believe what we need now, after several initial contributions, to move forward integration of the different lines in search of ideas and fundamental concepts and to eliminate redundant ideas, in order to provide to the scientific community a set of assumptions that allow increasing the practical application of perspective on the different fields of knowledge.


RESOL i RESOLSEC (HUM2006-05860/FILO i FFI2009-09968) I+D

Títle: «Resocialització i llengües: els efectes lingüístics del pas de l’educació primària a secundaria en contextos plurilingües [Resocialization and languages: the linguistic effects generated by the transition from the primary to secondary education in plurilingual contexts]»

Members of the group that take part in this projectVanessa Bretxa

Description: This project is headed by F.X. Villa (Department of Catalan Philology), which analyzes the impact on the linguistic use, representations and knowledge generated by the transition from primary to secondary education in a sample of participants from different areas of the Catalan linguistic environment. The project is conceived as longitudinal, with the  consecutive study of the end of primary education and the beginning of the secondary one. The research combines quantitative with qualitative techniques (2006-2012).


THE INTONATION AND SPEECH RESEARCH GROUP PROJECTS

Members of the group that take part in this project Mapi Ballesteros

Description: The Intonation and Speech Research Group (GREP) is consolidated by AGAUR (2009-2013), which is located in the Laboratory of Applied Phonetics at the University of Barcelona. It works on the analysis of spontaneous speech, pronunciation and intonation of our languages​​, and their educational applications within the communicative approach.


INDOSINPRAG PROJECTS. GROUP OF EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION ABOUT SPANISH SYNTAX AND PRAGMATICS

Members of the group that take part in this project: Mapi Ballesteros

Description: This group is focused on creating resources for the teaching innovation in the field of Syntax and Pragmatics of Spanish. The goal is to apply new technologies to the teaching of grammar and pragmatics in order to have some interactive materials that help students in their learning.


LINGUISTIC DICTIONARY

Members of the group that take part in this project: Mapi Ballesteros

Description: The Language Science and Teaching group's activities are aimed at promoting several activities to spread Linguistics not only among the university students, but also among those who are attracted to the language. As a result of this interest, the Online Dictionary of Linguistics is created, which seeks to extend  the lingusitic knowledge and, at the same time, facilitate the process of students' learning. Therefore, professors as well as advised and supervised students by professors take part in this group.

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