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Theoretical and applied linguistic research: contrastive, synchronic and diachronic aspects

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.05.00  Humanities  Linguistics   

Code Science Field
6.02  Humanities  Languages and Literature 
the study of language, theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, modern languages (Romance, Germanic, Slovene), classical languages, Indoeuropean studies, synchronic and diachronic approaches, textual linguistics, language and culture, translation studies, lexicography, language teaching/learning
Evaluation (rules)
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Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 28, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  141  340  283  2.01 
Scopus  232  562  463 
Researchers (32)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  54739  Luka Brenko  Linguistics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024  10 
2.  50533  Mateja Brus  Linguistics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
3.  22259  PhD Ina Ferbežar  Linguistics  Technical associate  2022 - 2024  279 
4.  19012  PhD Matej Hriberšek  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  344 
5.  21783  PhD Gašper Ilc  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  212 
6.  09072  PhD Branka Kalenić Ramšak  Literary sciences  Researcher  2022 - 2024  461 
7.  33028  PhD Monika Kavalir  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  183 
8.  11052  PhD Smiljana Komar  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  165 
9.  14091  PhD Uršula Krevs Birk  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  203 
10.  19009  PhD Meta Lah  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  227 
11.  33815  PhD Christina Manouilidou  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  119 
12.  06922  PhD Jasmina Markič  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  604 
13.  18948  PhD Tatjana Marvin  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  116 
14.  20794  PhD Darja Mertelj  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  208 
15.  19520  PhD Tamara Mikolič Južnič  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  272 
16.  14834  PhD Martina Ožbot Currie  Linguistics  Head  2022 - 2024  474 
17.  23966  PhD Barbara Pihler Ciglič  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  177 
18.  26214  PhD Janja Polajnar Lenarčič  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  158 
19.  35530  PhD Luka Repanšek  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  145 
20.  17838  PhD Eva Sicherl  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  164 
21.  22586  PhD Andrej Stopar  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  130 
22.  23965  PhD Maja Šabec  Humanities  Researcher  2022 - 2024  231 
23.  13630  PhD Agata Šega  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  75 
24.  19023  PhD Marjana Šifrar Kalan  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  233 
25.  38782  PhD Tanja Škerlavaj  Humanities  Researcher  2022 - 2024  56 
26.  23562  PhD Sonia Vaupot  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  245 
27.  13232  PhD Primož Vitez  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  357 
28.  15268  PhD Marjeta Vrbinc  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  267 
29.  21663  PhD Sonja Weiss  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  73 
30.  06947  PhD Marina Zorman  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  126 
31.  24440  PhD Ana Zwitter Vitez  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  118 
32.  24432  PhD Sašo Živanović  Linguistics  Researcher  2022 - 2024  64 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  97,411 
The research dealt with by our team is based on the theoretical assumption that language as a social phenomenon is a result of past spontaneous and planned conventions and gradual modifications that occur in its development. Our goal is to discover the principles and tendencies governing its form and its functioning in concrete communicative situations. In the epistemological respect it is thus necessary to take into account the tying of individual linguistic phenomena into a text or into the broadest situational context, which means that the theoretical base of our approach is mostly that of text linguistics, although the classical philological approaches are also employed in dealing with languages such as Ancient Greek, Latin and (to a smaller extent) Hittite. In most of our research, contrastive textual study of Slovene on the one hand and the other languages dealt with on the other hand is of central importance. At the same time, a group of researchers in our team study linguistic phenomena from a more strictly theoretical perspective, using in particular the approach of the generative grammar, although the latter remains of relatively marginal importance in comparison to the functional paradigm on which the majority of our research is based. However, taking into consideration different frameworks is important, since they are complementary and thus enable us to ask various relevant questions about linguistic phenomena and shed light on them from more than one viewpoint. In view of the heterogeneity of the research carried out by our team, it is not easy to define the content of our work in terms of a single principal problem or question dealt with. What we are interested in is the functioning of language in the broadest sense, i.e. as a general means of verbal communication, and in particular the regularities and tendencies that can be observed in the individual languages studied by our researchers (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian as well as Latin and Greek and, to a small degree, Hittite). All the five living languages and the two classical ones are typically investigated in relation to Slovene. Our chief research question is how to better understand the different phenomena of language functioning, while at the same time strive to promote advances in the applied domain, especially in language teaching and language learning, in the practice of translation and interpreting and in lexicography.
Significance for science
In view of the fact that our research will mostly be carried out in areas in which some members of the research group have become internationally recognized experts, we expect that the results of their research will remain to be a useful and interesting contribution to the field of linguistics in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Due to the role of English as the most important language of international communication, our work will include research in the role of English as a foreign language in countries with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. We will strive to develop a methodologically clear and sound approach to different linguistic aspects of this language, in particular those that are internationally relevant with respect to the current function of this global language. Our Slovene-English contrastive studies are important also from the point of view of informing the international community of the specific linguistic and cultural characteristics of the Slovene language. As to the Romance languages, which are important in Slovenia either as languages of international communication (French, Spanish, Italian) or as languages of contact (Italian, Friulian), our most important contribution will remain in the following subfields: contrastive research on language functioning at all levels, from the textual to the lexical and the phonological levels, between these languages and Slovene (and other Slavic languages) as well as between these languages and English; lexicological, lexicographic and translation projects, research on bilingualism, made possible by the Italian-Slovene sociolinguistic situation along the Italian-Slovene border, as well as research on diachronic linguistic development and change, taking into account Slovene-Italian and Slovene-Friulian language contacts (in the extreme western part of the Slovene ethnic area) and the Slovene-Spanish contact (among Argentinian Slovenes). A sub-area of research will include Romance loanwords of different origins in Slovene and the typology of Romance elements in the texts by bilingual Slovene writers who are members of the Slovene national minority in Italy. In the field of general linguistics, researchers will contribute to the theory of syntax, morphology and phonology, as well as to the theory of universal grammar, generative grammar, language typology and psycholinguistics. The results are expected to be useful for further research in Slovene and Slavic studies, comparative linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and computer processing of language data. The general linguistic research will encompass topical aspects of language studies, either from a theoretical point of view or in connection with social and psychological variables (gender, age, social status, ethnic identity, cognitive abilities, perceptions, attitudes), whereas research on languages with the oldest attested documents (e.g. in Hittite) will combine classical methods of comparative linguistics with modern approaches of discourse analysis and functional linguistics. Also the research work of classical philologists will contribute to an upgrading of the linguistics and rhetoric of antiquity with the contemporary approaches to text analysis. They will focus on the developmetn of linguistics as an independent discipline, and present its role in the light of relationships with the (once more strongly) related areas, such as rhetoric and philosophy. At the same time, their analysis of Greek and Latin texts will contribute to our knowledge of classical languages, which can only be achieved by applying the contemporary functional approach to linguistic research.
Significance for the country
There is no doubt that the political, economic and cultural development of Slovenia depends to a large degree upon our ability to communicate crossculturally in effective ways, both in ENGLISH as the primary lingua franca as well as in OTHER LANGUAGES which are important for the communication at the political, economic, cultural, scientific and educational levels. In order for members of the Slovene society to be able to use foreign languages effectively, it is necessary to provide them with high-quality language teaching at all levels and to develop suitable language materials for different types of users and, above all, to carry out excellent research into foreign languages on their own and from the specific viewpoint of Slovene. Our aim is to produce high-quality language manuals and textbooks as well as to contribute to contrastive research of language for specific purposes and to the improvement of foreign-language literacy. We also have strong ambitions in lexicography and plan to continue to publish bilingual dictionaries in both printed and electronic format. To achieve these goals, we shall carry on our contrastive research in all the languages studied by members of our research team. An even greater emphasis than in the past will be placed on the study of translation and interpreting, in order to better understand translation phenomena and to improve the practice of translation and interpreting. In Slovenia, the research on ROMANCE languages is of exceptional importance for two reasons: first, because of its potential to contribute to the preservation of the global linguistic and cultural balance and because of the role these languages have played in Slovene cultural and general history. Second, for centuries there has been direct contact between Slovene on the hand and Italian and Friulian on the other; research on various contact phenomena should enable us to better understand the reality of bilingualism and biculturalism and to help their development. Our research on MODERN and CLASSICAL languages will contribute, among other things, to the preservation of the classical Latin and Greek heritage through the enhancement of classical studies (descriptive presentations of the two languages and of various grammatical problems related to them; production of new bilingual dictionaries) and and will increase the awareness of the classical civilization as the basis of European culture.
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