Research profile & projects

“What we find changes who we become.”
Peter Morville
A pioneer of the disciplines of information architecture and user experience

Current and past research projects I have been involved in:

  • Discourse markers in Lithuanian: a synchronic and diachronic study
    Duration: 2017-2020
    Position: Principal Investigator
    Funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.
  • COST Action CA15221 (Advancing effective institutional models towards cohesive teaching, learning, research and writing development)
    Duration: 2016-2020
    Position: representative of Lithuania in the Management Committee
  • Evidentiality: a discourse-pragmatic study of English and other European languages (EVIDISPRAG)
    Reference number: FFI2015-65474-P
    Funding entity: MINECO (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness)
    Duration: 2016-2018
  • COST Action CA15137 (European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities)
    Duration: 2016-2020
    Position: representative of Lithuania in the Management Committee, member of the steering group (SIG for early stage researchers)
  • Modality and Evidentiality in Lithuanian
    Duration: 2014 – 2016
    Funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.
  • Lietuviškojo humanitarinių ir socialinių mokslų diskurso ypatybės [Insights into Lithuanian Academic Discourse of the Humanities and Social Sciences]
    Duration: 2012 – 2014
    Postdoctoral fellowhip at Vytautas Magnus University funded by European Union Structural Funds project ”Postdoctoral Fellowship Implementation in Lithuania”
  • Methodology for the linguistic annotation of CorALit (Corpus Academicum Lithuanicum)
    Duration: February -December, 2011
    Funded by The State Commission of the Lithuanian Language
  • Lithuanian Academic Discourse: investigating author stance in Lithuanian academic discourse
    Duration: 2010-2011
    Funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.

My research interests focus on semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, genre analysis, corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, contrastive analysis, modality, evidentiality, methodology of academic writing, EAP, ESP. More specifically, my doctoral thesis, postdoctoral fellowship work and most of the current research focus on various aspects of scientific discourse in SSH, frequently from cross-linguistic, cross-disciplinary and cross-generic perspectives. Within that area my research interests include tracing back research patterns and epistemological traditions of different disciplinary cultures, academic rhetoric, elements of persuasion in academic discourse, research publication practices, evaluation of research, academic identity aspects. My PhD thesis dealt with hedging in Lithuanian and English research articles in soft and hard sciences. My postdoctoral research took a wider perspective and focused on argumentation and author stance expression patterns in four disciplines: linguistics, literature, sociology and economics. The cross-linguistic perspective involved a comparison of the features of Lithuanian research articles with those of research articles written by British researchers within the four mentioned disciplines.

Another major field of my research interests is that of modality and evidentiality. I have conducted a number of studies into modal expressions employing both parallel and comparable corpora. Together with my colleagues, I have investigated realizations of epistemicity and multifunctionality in English, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and Dutch.

I regularly present my research in national and international conferences, conduct seminars for students and researchers. I have been working on a number of research projects focusing on author stance, methodology for the linguistic annotation, issues of modality and evidentiality.