Public discourse. Strategies of persuasion and interpretation

About us

Discourse is central to all areas of social life in both the public and the private sphere. Importantly, discourse practices take on particular significance when it comes to fostering mutual understanding between people from different cultural, religious, ethnic, ideological or political traditions, or resolving disputes between people from different backgrounds.

In the last few decades, great progress has been made in analyzing the many different factors that shape meaning in – and condition our understanding of – written, spoken and multimodal discourses. Given the broad range of disciplines and methods in discourse studies, it is now increasingly important to develop an approach to studying communicative practices that is profoundly interdisciplinary, and one which should not ignore the major role of the new media in influencing communication practices. Our interdisciplinary team therefore approaches the study of public discourse within a perspective that is both balanced and open.

Our research interests encompass the following areas:

  • Discourse analysis
  • Metaphor
  • Language and cognition
  • Argumentation and rhetoric
  • Multimodality
  • Modality and evidentiality
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Narrative

Our current projects are funded by:

Cambridge English - Language Assessment

Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad

Marie Curie

Principal investigator

Manuel Casado Velarde
Institute for Culture and Society

General contact:
Main Library, University Campus
31009 Pamplona

+34 948 42 56 00 Ext: 802315