Associate professor Jolanta Šinkūnienė – principal investigator

Vilnius University, Faculty of Philology
Institute of English, Romance and Classical Studies
Department of English Philology
Universiteto str. 5, LT-01513 Vilnius
(+370 5) 2687 228

Jolanta’s research interests include EAP, corpus linguistics, contrastive semantics and pragmatics, modality and evidentiality. She is particularly interested in cross-linguistic and cross-disciplinary aspects of author stance expression in research writing. Jolanta’s PhD thesis dealt with hedging issues in Lithuanian and English research articles in soft and hard sciences. Her postdoctoral research took a wider perspective and looked at argumentation and author stance expression patterns between two closely connected science areas (Humanities vs Social sciences) as well as within them (Linguistics vs Literature and Sociology vs Economics). The cross-linguistic perspective involved the comparison of the features of Lithuanian research articles with those of research articles written by English native scholars within the same two science fields.

Jolanta has conducted a number of studies into the use of discourse markers and modal expressions employing both parallel and comparable corpora. Together with her colleagues, she has investigated realizations of epistemicity and multifunctionality in English, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and Dutch (see Publications). Jolanta regularly presents her research in national and international conferences, conducts seminars for students and researchers. She has been working on several research projects focusing on author stance, methodology for the linguistic annotation, issues of modality and evidentiality.

Alongside membership in such professional associations as EATAW, SLE, IPrA, Jolanta is also a member of DiPVaC (Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change) research network.

The focus of Jolanta’s research in the current project is on semantic, stuctural and functional features of discourse markers in research writing and in spoken Lithuanian.