Dr Susana Afonso

Senior Lecturer in Portuguese


Extension: 4236

Telephone: 01392 724236

My main research interests lie in two areas: emergence and development of varieties of Portuguese, particularly of vernacular varieties. I am currently involved in a project on the convergence/divergence between European and Brazilian Portuguese (from a Cognitive Linguists perspective) and I have done research on Portuguese in East Timor (including maintenance and shift of Timorese languages in the diaspora in Portugal). A chapter on ‘Portuguese as a transnational language’ will appear in the edited volume Transnational Portuguese studies. The second area of research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the use of language in communicating scientific concepts in informal contexts (museums). A collaborative article on the use of conventional metaphors has recently been published in Science Education.