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Completed projects

Project title: Constructing Identity in the Romanian and the European Parliamentary Discourse. A Pragma-rhetorical Approach http://www.unitbv.ro/politicaldiscourse/Workshop.aspx
Funding body: Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-0056, contract nr. 154/01.10.2015
Period: 2015-2017
Project director: Dr Răzvan SĂFTOIU
Team: Mădălina MATEI, dr. Stanca MĂDA, drd. Adrian TOADER, drd. Violeta RUS
Presentation: For more than twenty years, scholars in various fields – political sciences, history, sociology, and linguistics – have been involved in the analysis of parliamentary discourse and have conferred the topic an interdisciplinary perspective. Political scientists were mainly interested in the structure, changes, and evolution of the Parliament as an institution (Judge 1993, Copeland and Patterson 1997, Heidar and Koole 2000, Strøm et al. 2003) or in the comparative analysis of various parliamentary systems (Searing 1994, Döring 1995, Olson and Norton 1996, Esaiasson and Heidar 2000, Ionescu 2006). The linguistic, discursive or/and rhetorical characteristics of parliamentary discourse have also been approached: deliberative parliamentary argumentation (Steiner et al. 2004, Andone 2012), question-answer parliamentary patterns (Franklin and Norton 1993) or aspects related to the interlocutors’ gender (McDougall 1998, Shaw 2000, Gomard and Krogstad 2001, Christie 2002, Shaw 2013). In this project, the team was mainly interested in continuing the linguistic tradition (van Dijk 2000, 2010, Fairclough 2000, 2005, Fairclough and Fairclough 2012, Ilie 2003, 2010, Chilton 2004), but also in developing an interdisciplinary perspective on the research of parliamentary discourse, by means of a pragma-rhetorical analysis of discourse as a “form of talk” – Goffman 1981). 

Project title: MULTILINGUALISM IN EUROPE AS A RESOURCE FOR IMMIGRATION – DIALOGUE INITIATIVE AMONG THE UNIVERSITIES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN (MERIDIUM)http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/LLp/projects/public_parts/documents/languages/lan_nw_143513_meridimfr.pdf
Funding body: European Commission
Period: November 2008 – October 2011
Project director: Dr Liliana Coposescu
Team: Dr Gabriela Cusen, Dr. Elena Buja
Presentation: MERIDIUM aimed to support the objectives proposed by the policies of regional European multilingualism through the Centre for research and documnetation on multilingualism in Mediterranean Europe. Some of the results of the projects were: an academic network for the promotion of multilingualism, the establiesment of a Research and Documentation Centre on multilingualism in Mediterranean Europe, an online database, a regular newsletter, national and local seminars, the publication of brochures for adults and children, and a volume of the Project completion conference.

Project title: Professional Language in Contemporary Romanian. Linguistic and Discoursal Patterns www.unitbv.ro/limbajulprofesional
Funding body: Project IDEI CNCSIS 142
Period: October 2007 – September 2010
Project director: Dr  Mihaela Gheorghe  
Team: Dr Răzvan Săftoiu, Dr Stanca Măda,  Dr Liliana Coposescu

Project title:  Competitiveness and Effectiveness in Intercultural Specialised Communication through the Optimization of Online Resources http://lexica.unitbv.ro
Funding body: CNCSIS A/929 (Romanian Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research)
Period: February 2007 – December 2008
Project director: Dr Marinela BURADA
Team: Faculty of Letters: Dr Mona ARHIRE, Dr Oana Tatu TATU, Dr Andreea Bianca BRĂTAN (NECHIFOR), Dr Raluca SINU, Dr Oana Andreea PÎRNUŢȚĂ.
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science: Dr Livia SÂNGEORZAN, Dr Costel ALDEA, Dr Kinga KISS IAKAB, Dr Lucian SASU.
Presentation: The LEXICA project aimed at identifying the appropriate means of formalizing the lexicographic, IT, and ethical aspects involved in devising and implementing online dictionaries. Starting from a critical evaluation of a pre-defined set of concrete data, i.e. macro-, micro- and inter-structure of bilingual dictionaries available at that time and on the basis of a series of case studies performed on a corpus made up of 70 bilingual/multilingual dictionaries available on the Internet, the research team proposed a reference system made up of a set of principles, specifications and quality standards aimed at facilitating the design, implementation, and assessment of online dictionaries.

Project title:  Institutional Talk and Intercultural Communication in Multinational Companies in Romania
Funding body: CNCSIS 1052 (Romanian Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research)
Period: Februarie 2007 - Decembrie 2008
Project director: Dr Liliana Coposescu
Team: Dr Gabriela Chefneux, Dr Gabriela Cusen, Dr  Mihaela Gheorghe, Dr Silviu Coposescu, Dr Carmen Buzea.

Ongoing projects


Project title:  Discourse Reference: Processing pronouns and Demonstratives https://refdisc.unitbv.ro
Funding body: UEFISCDI, PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2016-1241
Period: 2018-2020
Project director: Dr. Sofiana I. LINDEMANN
Team: Dr. Stanca MĂDA, Dr. Laura SASU
Presentation: This project investigates the impact of definite nominal phrases on discourse. More specifically, we shall explore the way in which pronouns and demonstratives structure the ongoing discourse in terms of organizing the discourse referents. The data are collected from German and Romanian. We shall devise and carry out experiments aimed at discourse continuation. On the basis of the data obtained, we shall develop the referential management model employed in Chiriacescu (2014) and Brocher, Chiriacescu & von Heusinger (2016). The results of this project will contribute significantly to the theoretical discussions concerning the referential management in discourse and the automatic anaphor resolution, and could be employed in developing therapies for persons affected by aphasia or Alzheimer’s.

Project title: TRACING THE EVOLUTION OF THE KOREAN CULTURE BETWEEN 1850 AND 2010 FROM A ROMANIAN’S PERSPECTIVE
Funding body:
Academy of Korean Studies (South Korea)
Period: February 2020-January 2021
Project director: Dr. Elena BUJA
Team: Dr. Elena BUJA (Universitatea Transilvania, Brașov), Dr. Jinhee KIM (Andong University, Coreea de Sud)
Presentation: This project aims at tracing the changes that emerged in the Korean society in the past 150 years, a period marked by numerous historical and political events. Based on three methods of data collection (fictional material, survey by means of a questionnaire and interviews conducted with native Koreans) to be applied both in South Korea and in Romania, the research will examine the changes in the Korean society, focusing preponderantly on cultural issues, such as ‘attitudes, beliefs, social hierarchies, roles’ (Samovar & Porter 2003:8), in an attempt to offer a clear, ample and objective image of the Korean culture.

Project proposals

  1. The Acquisition of Consonant Clusters by Romanian Speaking Children: A Cross-Sectional Study from the Perspective of Optimality Theory – Dr. Elena Buja elena.buja@unitbv.ro
  2. Linguistic Structures and Pragmatic Functions in Emotive Argumentation – Dr. ­ Mădălina Matei m.matei@unitbv.ro
  3. Humour in Professional Settings. A Multimodal Approach– Dr. Stanca Măda stanca.mada@unitbv.ro
  4. Linguistic contrastiveness as a means of conceptualizing the universals of the translational Romanian language based on a parallel reference corpus – Dr. Mona Arhire mona.arhire@unitbv.ro
  5. DETERMIN-S – Designing a unified and widely accepted terminology as tool for the implementation of the sustainable built environment – Dr. Oana Tatu oana.tatu@unitbv.ro
  6. Language and praxis - The praxematic analysis of the discussion forums having as subject the discrimination at the employment interview – Dr. Georgiana Burbea burbea.georgiana-mihaela@unitbv.ro
  7. State abstract nouns in Romanian - a syntactical, semantic and pragmatic approach – Dr. Corina Silvia Micu corina.micu@unitbv.ro
  8. Old Romanian Syntactic Features Preserved in Complex Sentence Structures of Romanian Dialects – Dr. Mihaela Gheorghe m.gheorghe@unitbv.ro
  9. Communication competence in the institutional environment. Reducing the gap between research, theory and practice – Dr. Stanca Măda stanca.mada@unitbv.ro
  10. Referential structure of discourse in German and English – Dr. Sofiana Lindemann sofiana.chiriacescu@unitbv.ro
  11. Promoting Intercultural Communication through the Development of Cultural Self-Awareness – Dr. Marinela Burada m.burada@unitbv.ro
  12. Reference in discourse: Processing pronouns and demonstratives – Dr. Sofiana Lindemann sofiana.chiriacescu@unitbv.ro
  13. Current Trends in Romanian Professional Communication: Discoursive Structures and Practices – Dr. Stanca Măda stanca.mada@unitbv.ro
  14. Competitiveness in electronic lexicography by improving specialized online resources – Dr. Raluca Sinu raluca.sinu@unitbv.ro
  15. Complex Sentences in the Contemporary Media Discourse of the Romance Languages. An Integrative Approach of the Situative Adjuncts – Dr. Alice Bodoc alice_bodoc@unitbv.ro
  16. Accounting for Gender Discrimination Mechanisms in the Romanian Quality and Tabloid Written Mass Media – Dr. Cristina Vâlcea cristina.valcea@unitbv.ro