On behalf of the research network ENGLISH LINGUISTICS CIRCLE (ELC), we are pleased to announce the 30th ELC Research Seminar (online). Details follow here:


Date and time: Tuesday 18 May, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, via Microsoft Teams 

Speakers: Gema Alcaraz Mármol (University of Castilla-La Mancha) and Jorge Soto Almela (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

Title of talk: “The discursive representation of migrants and refugees in the written press from a CADS perspective”

Convenor: Fátima Faya Cerqueiro 


Registration is free, but required. The registration form can be found at: 


Upon registration, a link will be sent to registered attendees the day before the seminar.


ELC seminars are intended for members of staff and MA and PhD students at Departments of English and, more generally, for anyone interested in linguistics.


Brief profiles: 

Gema Alcaraz Mármol holds a PhD (2011) in English Linguistics from the University of Murcia, with a dissertation on “Quantity and rate of vocabulary acquisition in the context of non-systematic input: Elementary students of English as a Foreign Language”. Since 2014 she has worked at the Department of Modern Philology of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, where she is an Associate Professor.

Jorge Soto Almela received his PhD (2014) in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Murcia, with a thesis on “Los términos culturales en el ámbito turístico español-inglés: traducción, manipulación y recepción real en usuarios anglófonos”. He has been a Lecturer in English at the Universidad Católica de San Antonio in Murcia (2012-2019) and is currently a Lecturer in English for Professional and Academic Communication at the Department of Applied Linguistics of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Recent publications on the seminar’s topic: 

  1. Gema Alcaraz Mármol & Jorge Soto Almela. Refugees’ dehumanization in the Spanish media: A corpus-assisted study within the semantic preference framework. Applied Linguistics Review. Published online: February 20, 2020.
  2. 2019. Jorge Soto Almela & Gema Alcaraz Mármol. Victims or non-humans: Exploring the semantic preference of refugees in Spanish news articles.
  1. Gema Alcaraz Mármol & Jorge Soto Almela. Refugees in the Spanish press: A corpus-assisted study of the semantic prosody of the term ‘refugiado’ from a diachronic perspective. Sintagma 30: 95-113.
  2. Jorge Soto Almela & Gema Alcaraz Mármol.Comparing the portrayal of immigration in two Spanish newspapers: Asemantic prosody analysis. Onomázein. Revista de lingüística, filología y traducción de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 38: 147-168.