[in alphabetical order]

Delia Bentley Delia Bentley (University of Manchester, UK)
Delia Bentley is Professor of Romance Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester. Her principal research interest is in the interface of syntax with lexical meaning, which she explores on evidence from the microvariation attested synchronically in the grammars of the lesser-known Romance languages. By observing these closely cognate languages, she investigates how atoms of meaning interact in the lexicon to yield patterns of grammatical variation. She has also explored the interplay of discourse with syntax, notably in existential and presentational constructions. Delia Bentley has held Principal Investigator positions in research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (e.g., http://existentials.humanities.manchester.ac.uk). From 2006 to 2012 she was an Honorary Member of Council of the Philological Society. She is a consultant on the Atlante Linguistico della Sicilia (http://atlantelinguisticosicilia.it/cms/)) and she has in the past collaborated with the Atlante Sintattico dell’Italia Settentrionale (http://asit.maldura.unipd.it/). She is the author of two monographs, published by Mouton de Gruyter and Oxford University Press, and of ca. forty research articles, which have appeared in major linguistics journals (Glossa, Journal of Linguistics, Language, Lingua, Linguistics…) and in edited collections. She has delivered keynote addresses at international academic linguistics conferences (e.g., Societas Linguistica Europaea). At present, she is a member of the editorial team of the Cambridge Handbook of Role and Reference Grammar (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press).

Lecture: Change by inner predisposition and its boundaries

José Manuel Igoa José Manuel Igoa (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
José Manuel Igoa has a PhD in Psychology. He teaches Graduate and Undergraduate courses on Psychology of Language and related subjects, such as Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, or Bilingualism and Second and Foreign Language Acquisition, at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. He has taught seminars and graduate courses at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University of Kent at Canterbury, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad del País Vasco, Universitat de Barcelona and New York University (Madrid), among others. He has co-authored two books, a treatise on the Psychology of Language (with Drs. Mercedes Belinchón and Ángel Rivière), originally published in 1992 (9th ed. 2009), and a book on the acquisition and teaching of foreign languages (with Dr. Montserrat Sanz), published in Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Furthermore, he has published many book chapters and articles in international scientific journals on topics such as word recognition and comprehension, sentence comprehension and production, figurative language understanding, language processing in bilinguals, and the relationship between the cognitive faculties of music and language. In the last twenty years he has carried out joint research work with the Psycholinguistics Research Group of Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona), participating in several research projects funded by the Spanish government. He also collaborates (or has collaborated) with other research groups on Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Science, both Spanish and foreign, such as the Psylex Group from Universidad de Zaragoza, University of Foreign Studies in Kobe and Waseda University in Tokyo (both in Japan), the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá (Colombia), and Penn State University (USA). José Manuel Igoa is presently doing research on lexical and syntactic processing in sentence comprehension and production in monolinguals and bilinguals, focusing on topics like the role of syntactic complexity in sentence processing, the comprehension and production of relative clauses in native and foreign speakers, and language processing at the syntax-semantics interface. José Manuel Igoa has three six-year research periods recognized by the Spanish National Research agency of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Lecture: Bilingual sentence processing

Antonio Moreno-Sandoval Antonio Moreno-Sandoval (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Antonio Moreno-Sandoval (BA 1986, MA 1988, PhD 1991, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM) is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Computational Linguistics Lab at UAM. He is a former Fulbright postdoc scholar at the Computer Science Dept., New York University (1991-1992) and a former DAAD scholar at Augsburg Universität (1998). His training in Computational Linguistics began as a research assistant in the Eurotra Machine Translation Project (EUFP-2) and then at IBM Scientific Center in Madrid (1989-1990). He was the principal researcher of the Spanish team in the C-ORAL-ROM Project (EU FP-5). He has managed over 15 projects (national, regional-funded) as well as industry contracts. Since 2010 he is Senior Researcher at the Instituto de Ingeniería del Conocimiento (IIC-UAM) in the Social Business Analytics group, and from 2018 he is Director of Cátedra UAM-IIC in Computational Linguistics. Moreno-Sandoval has supervised 12 theses to completion. He is author or co-author of 5 books and over 80 scientific papers.

Lecture: Some issues on Financial Narrative Processing in Spanish

Sandra Peña M. Sandra Peña (Universidad de La Rioja, Spain)
M. Sandra Peña works at the University of La Rioja, where she teaches Linguistics. She works in cognitive linguistics, inferential pragmatics, construction grammar, and lexicology. She has coedited some books like Cognitive Linguistics: Internal Dynamics and Interdisciplinary Interaction (2005, Mouton de Gruyter) and Metaphor and Metonymy Revisited beyond the Contemporary Theory of Metaphor (2013, John Benjamins). She has published several papers in journals like Metaphor and Symbol, Language Sciences, Linguistics, Review of Cognitive Linguistics, Australian Journal of Linguistics, or Journal of Pragmatics, and some chapters in books like Interaction and Cognition in Linguistics (Peter Lang), Cognitive Linguistics: Internal Dynamics and Interdisciplinary Interaction (Mouton de Gruyter), Metonymy and Metaphor in Grammar (John Benjamins), Studies in Figurative Thought and Language (John Benjamins), or Constructing Families of Constructions (John Benjamins). Her book Topology and Cognition. What Image-schemas Reveal about the Metaphorical Language of Emotions (Lincom Europa, 2003) was translated into Korean by Lim Ji-ryoung (Hankook Publishing Company, 2006). She has attended and actively taken part in more than 180 international conferences. She has been invited to present her research in universities and other institutions in Beijing (China), Czȩstochowa (Poland), Castellón de La Plana (Spain), Almería (Spain), Haro (La Rioja, Spain), Santo Domingo (La Rioja, Spain), and São Paulo (Brasil). She is an associate editor of the Bibliography of Metaphor and Metonymy (Metbib), published by John Benjamins. She was the secretary of the Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics (published by John Benjamins from 2014) from 2007 to 2011 and the editor of this journal from 2012 to 2017. She was the review editor of Review of Cognitive Linguistics from 2009 to 2016 and is a member of the editorial board of this journal since 2018. She was a member of the scientific board of Journal of English Studies from 2010 to 2016 and is currently a member of the scientific committee of some journals like RAEL and of the editorial board of Studia Neofilologiczne. She has been a co-organizer of the 3rd International Conference on Meaning Construction, Meaning Interpretation: Applications and Implications (CRAL, University of La Rioja, 2013), the secretary of the 44th International Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (University of La Rioja, 2011), and a member of the organizing committee of the 16th National Conference of the Spanish Applied Linguistics Association (University of La Rioja, 1998), of the 8th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC, University of La Rioja, 2003), and of the 24th International Conference of the Spanish Applied Linguistics Association (National University of Distance Education, Madrid, 2006).

Lecture: The constructional nature of denotational and non-denotational figures of speech

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION - The legacy of Leocadio Martín Mingorance (1947-1995): The Relevance of the Functional Lexematic Model (FLM) in 21st Century Linguistics

Host: Ricardo Mairal Usón (Rector of UNED)

Participants: Francisco Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez (Universidad de La Rioja), Francisco Cortés Rodríguez (Universidad de La Laguna), Ángel Felices Lago (Universidad de Granada) and María Beatriz Pérez Cabello de Alba (UNED).