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gen16Amadeu Viana is currently Professor of Linguistics in the Departament de Filologia Catalana i Comunicació at the Universitat de Lleida.

Viana’s research agenda has focused on discourse analysis and the history of ideas, most particularly on the history of dialogue and a pragmatic approach to language.

He has translated and edited Aspectes del pensament sociolingüístic europeu (Barcanova, Barcelona, 1995), a primer about the foundations of sociolinguistic thinking from Dante to Meillet. In Raons relatives (UdL, Lleida, 1997) he collected research about literacy and discourse, rhetoric and sociolinguistic history. As part of his interest in the history of sociolinguistic ideas, he has done research on the work of XVIIIth Century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico (Vico nella storia della filologia, with Silvia Caianiello, Guida, Nàpols, 2004; Tempesta de signes, Pagès, Lleida, 2015).

As a member of the International Pragmatics Association and the International Society for Humor Studies, he is also interested in humor and linguistics and has published Acròbates de l’emoció (Arola, Taragona, 2004), a study about conversation, meaning and humor.

He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Naples Federico II, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. His teaching at the Universitat of Lleida has focused on syntax and sociolinguistics, discourse ideas and pragmatics. He has translated Lewis Carroll (A través de l’espill, Quaderns Crema, Barcelona, 1985) and G. C. Lichtenberg’s aphorisms (Quaderns de notes, Ela Geminada, Girona, 2012).

He is currently exploring the relationship between G. B. Vico and C. S. Peirce and their biosemiotic implications. Here you can access a cursory sketch about Vichian research.