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The talk will present the Life is a Journey corpus, which compiles the narratives of migrants and refugees who arrive in Spain fleeing from traumatic situations. The corpus, currently under construction, started in early 2022 following the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine, although the testimonies of refugees from other countries, like Nigeria or Venezuela, are also included.

The talk will describe the structure of the corpus and the theoretical tenets that support its collection and analysis, with specific reference to the psychological, pragmatic, and prosodic approaches that are used for the analysis of emotion and conflict in the narratives.

Speaker: Prof Jesús Romero-Trillo

Jesús Romero-Trillo is Full Professor in Pragmatics at the Department of English Philology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). He specialises in Applied Linguistics with specific emphasis on the pragmatics-intonation interface in English and on the theory and application of corpus linguistics to cognition and the study of social conflict.

Dr Romero-Trillo has published extensively in top rank journals, is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Corpus Pragmatics (Springer-Nature), the Review Editor of Intercultural Pragmatics (DeGruyter) and the book series Yearbook of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics (Springer-Nature). He has also edited a number of volumes. For the full list, visit his website.

This event was part of the Corpus research in linguistics and beyond seminar series.