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Maria Cecilia Fazenda Gíria Lopes da Costa

Research group: Linguistics: Language, Culture and Society (RG 5)
Professional Title: Lecturer
Academic Degrees: (1997). MA in Theoretical Linguistcs, Trinity College. 
Institutional Address: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa
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Research Projects:

  • (2010-2012). Coord. Attitudes towards and beliefs about language and languages.
  • (2008-2011). Travel writing: British representations of Portugal and Portuguese representations of Britain in the 19th century. Coord: EPedro and LAzuaga. Researcher.

Research Outputs

Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or other publications:

  • (2004). “Considerations on Subject Raising Verbs.” Anglo-Saxónica. Series II. Nr. 22: 229-248.

Books and book chapters of international circulation:

  • (2009). Linguagem, cultura e sociedade: abordagens linguísticas (Co-eds: EPedro and IMealha). Lisboa: CEAUL and Colibri.
  • (2011). “Some functions of the epithet little in the representations of Portugal in the 1840’s through the eyes of English travellers.” In LAzuaga (Ed.) Relatos de viagens: representações e codificações linguísticas de Portugal no século XIX. Vol. 2. Lisboa: CEAUL, 111-132.

Conference proceedings:

  • (2002). “Desemanticization and Grammaticalization of Some English Verbs.” In Ana Maria Lopes et al. (Eds.) Actas do  XXI Encontro da APEAA. Viseu: ISPV, 443-448.

Chapters in books, including contributions to conference proceedings, contributions to festschriften, essays in collections:

  • (2009). “Negation in Spanish, Portuguese and English Suggestions and Requests: Mitigating Effects?” In APinheiroS et al. (Eds.) “So long lives this and this gives life to thee”. Homenagem a Maria Helena de Paiva Correia. Lisboa: Colibri, 507-514.
  • (2007). “Linguistic Puzzles: Parametric Variation between English and Portuguese – the Case of the Infinitive in Raising Constructions” In TAlves et al. (Eds.) “And gladly wolde [s]he lerne and gladly teche: homenagem a Júlia Dias Ferreira. Lisboa: DEA-FLUL / Colibri, 443-440.

Performances and exhibitions to the extent that they embody research:

  • (2009). Org. (with John Elliott) Exposição bibliográfica em homenagem a Maria Helena de Paiva Correia, U Lisboa.

Other activities

Presentations in national conferences:

  • (2002). “Considerations on Raising Verbs.” 23rd Meeting Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos (APEAA): Novas Histórias Literárias/ New Literary Histories, U Coimbra,  18-20 Apr.
  • (2000). "Desemanticization and Grammaticalization of some English Verbs." 21st Meeting Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos (APEAA), Hotel Príncipe Perfeito, Viseu, 6-8 de Apr.




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