Who we are

The Young Researchers Group brings together all MA and PhD students of CLUNL. It was created in April 2006. Its main aim is to provide a place for scientific discussion among young researchers of CLUNL and to make available to the scientific community recent research and ongoing work in the field of Linguistics.

 Alexandre Carreira

He has a degree in Translation from NOVA FCSH and a postgraduate degree in Globalisation, Diplomacy and Security from NOVA FCSH in partnership with IUM. Master in Language Sciences, specialising in Terminology and Specialised Information Management. Master’s student in Political Science and International Relations and PhD student in Linguistics: Lexicology, Lexicography and Terminology, both at NOVA FCSH. His doctoral thesis will be a continuation of his master’s dissertation, the topic of which is terminology in the military sciences. He was awarded a research grant for the MORDIGITAL project (PTDC/LLT-LIN/6841/2020).

Ana Afonso

She graduated in Language Sciences at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH) in 2016. She completed a Master’s degree in Language Sciences at the same University in 2018. She worked as a linguist at Lionbridge in 2017-2018 and collaborated in the Clarin Project – Research Infrastructure for Science and Technology of Language. Currently, she is a PhD student at NOVA FCSH in the fields of Semantics and Historical Linguistics.

Bruna Bragança

She is a research grant holder within the project PIPALE. She has a master degree in Child Language Development and Disorders with a specialization in Language Education and Teaching, from School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and Escola Superior de Saúde of the Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal. Her dissertation on the acquisition of verbal inflectional morphology by bilingual children was supervised by professor João Costa. Her main research areas are First and Second Language Acquisition. Currently, she is a PhD student in Linguistics, specialization in Linguistics  and Language Teaching.

Catarina Rosa

Catarina Rosa graduated from NOVA FCSH with a bachelor’s degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She holds a master in Portuguese and English teaching, with a supervised teaching report on the awareness of language variation within language classes. Her main areas of interest are language variation and educational linguistics. She was a research grant holder in the research group LiFE, collaborating on projects related to L1 and L2 development. Currently, she is working within the project PIPALE.

Joana Miguel

Joana Miguel has been a Speech Therapist since 2006, by Escola Superior de Saúde de Alcoitão, specialized in Special Needs Education by the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana of Universidade de Lisboa, in 2009. Currently a PhD student in Psycholinguistics at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. Her professional practice is related to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is the clinical director of CAIDI (Centro de Apoio e Intervenção no Desenvolvimento Infantil), coordinating the Research and Development Department. Her research interests are language processing, reading and writing.

João de Matos

He is a PFL teacher and a PhD student in Linguistics (Psycholinguistics) at NOVA FCSH. He completed his MA in Language Sciences (Linguistics) at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa with a dissertation in experimental psycholinguistics on the processing of gender features in European Portuguese. In 2021, his dissertation was awarded the “Prize for Gender Equality and Diversity NOVA FCSH 2020-2021” and the “APL / Maria Helena Mira Mateus Research Award 2021”. Currently, his main research focus concerns the interaction between Gender, Language and Human Cognition.

João Dinis Fernandes

Holds an International M.Sc. in Management from NOVA School of Business and Economics with an area of expertise in Strategy and International Business. Has a degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures from the University of Lisbon (FLUL) with specializations in Editing and Portuguese. Student of the Master’s in Linguistics at the University of Lisbon (FLUL). Teacher of Portuguese for foreigners at Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (2014; 2019-2022). Manager for the Data Science for Social Good Europe Summer Fellowship (2017; 2018) – The University of Chicago & NOVA SBE. He was awarded a grant from CLUNL & The University of Tübingen (BI-LIC-1 TU/CLUNL) to collaborate in the development of research in the LiFE Group.

 Maria Leonor Reis

She has a degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures with a specialization in Portuguese and English. She is a master’s student in Teaching Portuguese and Foreign Languages in the 3rd Cycle of Basic Education and Secondary Education, specializing in English. During this period, she produced a poster, with subsequent presentation, entitled Perceiving societal and moral trends related to sex abuse in the press through linguistic data analysis, within the scope of the Humanities Going Digital (HUGOD) project [2020-2-CZ01-KA226-HE-094363]. She is currently a research fellow on the iRead4Skills project – Intelligent Reading Improvement System for Fundamental and Transversal Skills Development [101094837].

Maria Ribeiro

PhD student in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Maria Ribeiro develops her research work in the area of ​​Historical Linguistics. She graduated in Philosophy from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and also holds a Master’s Degree in Language Sciences from NOVA FCSH. She is a collaborator in the Grammar & Text group of CLUNL.

 Ricardo Monteiro

Ricardo is a master’s student in Language Sciences, in the branch of Linguistics and is at the moment researching and writing his thesis on Literacy and text complexity. A grant holder and member of the iRead4Skills project, his main areas of interest are Psycholinguistics and Literacy and its social effects.

Ronan Pereira

Ronan Pereira holds a master’s degree in Sciences of Languages and currently is a PhD student in Linguistics – Psycholinguistics. He has been working as a language teacher (English and Spanish) for over eight years, teaching face-to-face and online classes for adults. Courses taken include CELTA and Post-Graduation in Teaching Methodology, as well as language and education related short courses. His fields of study are language acquisition and dialectology, especially in what concerns L2 and D2 acquisition.

 Tibor Vocásek

He is a PhD student and lecturer at the Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University, Prague. Investigates topics on the edge of sociolinguistics, critical (digital) sociology, and media studies. His PhD project, funded by GAUK, is titled “Future According to Whom? Corpus-assisted Critical Analysis of the Imaginaries of Digital Economy in Czech Media.” He graduated with a master’s degree in political science, plus holds a bachelor’s in Media Studies and Journalism from Masaryk University in Brno. He has also been organising workshops in media literacy for several local organisations.

Xinyi Li

She graduated in Portuguese Language and Culture at the University of Foreign Studies in 2017, and she is completing her master’s thesis on “Acquisition of European Portuguese cleft structures by L1 Mandarin learners” at the University of Lisbon. She is currently a PhD candidate in Linguistics at NOVA FCSH. Her research interests include syntax, Portuguese linguistics, Chinese linguistics and non-native language acquisition.