Augusto Soares da Silva


General Information

Academic Category:  Full Professor


Curriculum Ciência Vitae


Biographical note and Research Interests

Augusto Soares da Silva is Full Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal. His research focuses on lexical semantics, grammar and conceptualization, and language variation and change within the framework of Cognitive Linguistics, adopting an empirical, usage-based approach. He is also interested in metaphor, ideology and discourse. He is the author of more than a hundred articles and many books on cognitive semantics, construction grammar, language pluricentricity, semantic change and the relationships between language, cognition and society. His book O Mundo dos Sentidos em Português: Polissemia, Semântica e Cognição (The World of Meanings in Portuguese: Polysemy, Semantics and Cognition, 2006) won an international award from the Portuguese Language Society. More recently, he edited the book Pluricentricity: Language Variation and Sociocognitive Dimensions (Berlin/Boston, Mouton de Gruyter, 2014). He now coordinates two research projects on the comparison of European and Brazilian Portuguese: Convergence and Divergence (funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology), and Conceptualization of Emotions (funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation). He is a member of the scientific committee of various national and international journals as well as of the Societas Linguistica Europaea and of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association. He is the director of the Center for Philosophical and Humanistic Studies and coordinator of the Communications Science course and the PhD program in Linguistics.

Relevant Publications

Soares da Silva, Augusto; Cuenca, Maria Josep; Romano, Manuela (2017). The Conceptualisation of austerity in the Portuguese, Spanish and Irish Press. In Farzad Sharifian (ed.) Advances in Cultural Linguistics. Singapore: Springer, 345-368. Doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-4056-6_16
Soares da Silva, Augusto (2016). The persuasive (and manipulative) power of metaphor in ‘austerity’ discourse. A corpus-based analysis of embodied and moral metaphors of austerity in the Portuguese press. In Manuela Romano & Maria Dolores Porto (eds.), Exploring Discourse Strategies in Social and Cognitive Interaction. Multimodal and cross-linguistic perspectives. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 79-108. DOI: 10.1075/pbns.262
Soares da Silva, Augusto (2015). Competition of synonyms through time: Conceptual and social salience factors and their interrelations. Catalan Journal of Linguistics 14, 199-218. EID: 2-s2.0-84969248860
Soares da Silva, Augusto (2014). The pluricentricity of Portuguese: A sociolectometrical approach to divergence between European and Brazilian Portuguese. In Augusto Soares da Silva (ed.), Pluricentricity: Language Variation and Sociocognitive Dimensions. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 143-188. DOI: 10.1515/cog-2016-0049
Soares da Silva, Augusto (2012). Stages of grammaticalization of causative verbs and constructions in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian. Folia Linguistica – Journal of the Societas Linguistica Europaea 46 (2), 513-552. DOI: 10.1515/flin.2012.018