The Interinstitutional research group in linguistic applications (GRIAL) is interested in the creation of language resources, grounded on theoretical models, which can have different utilities in such diverse fields as lexicography, translation, semantic interpretation or, in general, natural language processing. On a theoretical level, we work, on one hand, within the framework of cognitive linguistics, describing language following the model proposed within construction grammar; and, on the other hand, on discourse analysis, within which our research is based above all on the conceptual metaphor theory. Our resource creation methodology is always empirical, based on the observation of real language data compiled in a corpus. We are also interested in specific aspects of second language acquisition and in the creation of technological applications for teaching purposes. The languages we usually work with are Spanish and the Catalan and, to a lesser degree, English.
- Cognitive linguistics and conceptual metaphors: analysing how people talk about mental disorders.
- Psycholinguistics: empirical studies with speakers on the mental processing of syntactic and semantic information.
- Translation technologies: design and implementation of translation tools, for terminology extraction, computer-assisted translation, and the creation and exploitation of resources.
- Natural language processing: creation of language resources and computational language processing techniques.