Research Aims

The research unit based at the Department of Culture, Education and Society (DiCES) of the University of Calabria reflects an inter-university network with three other universities in Southern Italy (University of Naples Parthenope, University of Naples Federico II, University of Palermo), as well as an international affiliate (University of Szczecin, Poland). The research activities of the members are in line with the areas of investigation and methodological approaches advanced by CLAVIER, including discourse analysis, corpus analysis, multimodal analysis, digital media communication, intercultural communication, and English as a Lingua Franca. Some specific discourse domains of interest include academic lectures, corporate communication,  tourism, fashion, and climate change.

Group members share a common interests in linguistic variation in English, with particular reference to the social-cultural dimensions of varieties and genres used in communicative domains where the mediation of specialized discourse takes place, with applications in tertiary pedagogical contexts involving English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and translation studies.

Members participate actively in CLAVIER events, as well as nationally funded interuniversity projects that are thematically aligned with CLAVIER, also serving as Principal Investigator.


Belinda Crawford (coordinator)
Lucia Abbamonte
Assunta (Susie) Caruso

Flavia Cavaliere
Anna Maria De Bartolo 

Jean Jimenez 
Sergio Pizziconi 
Ian Michael Robinson 
Ida Ruffolo 
Marianna Zummo

International affiliates
Inmaculada Fortanet Gómez
Miguel Ruiz Garrido 
Noelia Ruiz Madrid 
Malgorzata Sokół