Augusto Soares da Silva

Augusto Soares da Silva is Full Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal. His research focuses on lexical semantics, grammar and conceptualization, and language variation and change within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics, adopting an empirical, usage-based approach. He is also interested in metaphor, ideology and discourse. He is the author of more than a hundred articles and many books on cognitive semantics, construction grammar, language pluricentricity, semantic change and the relationships between language, cognition and society. His book O Mundo dos Sentidos em Português: Polissemia, Semântica e Cognição (‘The World of Meanings in Portuguese: Polysemy, Semantics and Cognition’, 2006) won an international award from the Portuguese Language Society. More recently, he edited the book Pluricentricity: Language Variation and Sociocognitive Dimensions (Berlin/Boston, Mouton de Gruyter, 2014). He now coordinates two research projects on the comparison of European and Brazilian Portuguese: Lexical and Grammatical Convergence and Divergence, and Conceptualization of Emotions. He is a member of the scientific committee of various national and international journals as well as of the Societas Linguistica Europaea and of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association. He is the director of the Center for Philosophical and Humanistic Studies and coordinator of the Communications Sciences course and the PhD program in Linguistics.

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa


language variation, pluricentric languages, convergence/divergence between national varieties, cognitive sociolinguistics, lectometry


Standardization in Portuguese: pan-lusophone or pluricentric codification?
Augusto Soares da Silva

Panel: European standard language culture. Comparative standardology in the 21s century: theoretical and methodological challenges
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