Field of study: Spanish Language
Leonor Ruiz Gurillo is professor of Spanish Language at the University of Alicante. She has focused her research on various themes of Spanish phraseology, colloquial Spanish, pragmatics, irony and humour. Among her works we can outline the books Aspects of Spanish theoretical phraseology (Valencia, Universidad, 1997), Phraseology of colloquial Spanish (Barcelona, Ariel, 1998), Current Spanish locutions (Madrid, Arco Libros, 2001), Phraseology exercises (Madrid, Arco Libros, 2002), Pragmatic facts of Spanish (Alicante, Universidad, 2006) and Spanish humor linguistics (Madrid, Arco/Libros, 2012). She is founding member of the Val.Es.Co. group (Valencia, Español Coloquial) that is coordinated by Antonio Briz and of the research group EPA-IULMA. She is also part of IULMA (Interuniversity Institute for Modern and Applied Languages) and of IUIEG (University of Alicante Institute for Gender Studies Research).
Since 2002 she leads the research group GRIALE that is in charge of the pragmatic analysis of irony and humour and of its didactic application to Spanish as a second language teaching. She is co-editor of the volumes Tell me how you speak ironically and I tell you who you are: a pragmatic approach of irony (Frankfurt, Peter Lang, 2009), Irony and Humour: From Pragmatics to Discourse (Amsterdam, John Benjamins, 2013) and Humour, irony and textual genders (Alicante, Universidad, 2013). She is editor of the collective volume Metapragmatics of Humour: Current Research Trends (Amsterdam, John Benjamins, in process).
She has more than 100 publications, many of them published in high impact reviews like REL, Verba, RFE, Estudios de Lingüística, LEA, Oralia, Español Actual, RILCE, Onomázein, Quarderns de Filologia, Especulo, Contextos or Spanish in Context.
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