Francisco Gonzálvez

Francisco Gonzálvez is Lecturer in English language and linguistics in the department of English and German philology, University of Almería, Spain, since 1997. He is a research member of SCIMITAR (Santiago Centred Milieu for Interactional, Typological and Acquisitional Research) as well as of Grupo de Gramática Contrastiva (PAI HUM 0269) and is currently involved in the elaboration of a dictionary of constructions from a contrastive (Spanish-English) perspective (HUM 2004-05947-C02-01/FILO; HUM 2005-02870/FILO). Over the last decade he has participated in a number of research projects focusing on discourse analysis from a contrastive perspective (research project PGIDT00PXI2040PR funded by Xunta de Galicia), also taking on board its implications for cognition, typology and L2 acquisition (research project PGIDIT03PXIC20403PN, funded by Xunta de Galicia and the Spanish Ministry of Educaction and Science) and contrastive (English-Spanish) syntax from a constructionist standpoint (BFF2000-1271, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science).

Throughout his career, his teaching at the University of Granada (1993-1997) and at the University of Almería (1997 up to the present) has revolved around English linguistics in general and English grammar in particular. Over these years he has taught courses on English syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology and phonetics, and contrastive linguistics. Gonzálvez has also participated as an invited lecturer in doctoral programs at the Universities of Jaén and Huelva. Moreover, he has been a visiting scholar at University College London (sponsor: Prof. S. Greenbaum), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (sponsor: Prof. Adele E. Goldberg), University of California at Santa Barbara (sponsor: Prof. Sandra A. Thompson), University of California at Los Angeles (sponsor: Prof. Robert S. Kirsner), and the University of California at San Diego (sponsor: Prof. Ronald W. Langacker).

He is currently a member of the editorial board of Atlantis and Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics and has occasionally served as a reviewer for Cognitive Linguistics. He has also been a member of the Scientific Committee of the 5th International Meeting of AELCO/SCOLA (Murcia, October, 2006).

His research interests include syntax, semantics and pragmatics, as well as functionalist, cognitivist and/or constructionist approaches. Over the last few years, Gonzálvez has published a number of articles focusing on argument structure in English and Spanish from a constructionist standpoint. His most recent publications offer a fine-grained comparison of 11 functionalist, cognitivist and/or constructionist models in terms of a list of 36 features (with Christopher Butler, “Mapping functional-cognitive space”, Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics 4(2006), 39-96) as well as a Goldbergian analysis of passive verbless configurations in Spanish as constructions in their own right (“Passives without actives: evidence from verbless complement clauses in Spanish”, Constructions SV1-5/2006).

“On the role of coercion in meaning construction and meaning interpretation in cognitive-functional linguistics”

In this talk, coercion is shown to shape the semantico-pragmatic and discourse-functional properties of the family of the English subjective transitive construction (Gonzálvez-García 2009). Specifically, it is demonstrated that these constructions cannot be accounted for in terms of metaphor and metonymic extension alone, which points to the inevitability of retaining coercion as well as constructions as free-standing theoretical entities. Moreover, it is proposed that the phenomenon of coercion should be understood in terms of a continuum, that is, as a scale representing the extent to which a type of coercion is entrenched and conventionalized (Langacker 2009) rather than as an all-or-none property leading to a full matching or, by contrast, a semantic conflict between specific lexical items and constructions.