Iria Bello is a research assistant at Heidelberg University, where she also teaches English and Spanish
language and culture at the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. Her research interests include historical sociolinguistics
and cognitive and corpus linguistics.
Carolina Bernales is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Pontifi cia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso-Chile.
Her research focuses on lexical processing and reading comprehension in a second language and she has also has published on
classroom interaction and foreign language learning.
Maria Vittoria Calvi is Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Translation at the University of Milan and
Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cuadernos AISPI. Estudios de lenguas y literaturas hispánicas. Her research interests
include comparative Spanish and Italian linguistics, discourse analysis, Spanish and Italian in migration contexts, genre
analysis and cross-cultural variation in professional and specialized discourse, with a particular focus on the language of
Elena Landone is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University Degli Studi in Milan. Her main research
fields are discourse markers, pragmatics and foreign language teaching and she is the author of Los marcadores del discurso
y la cortesía verbal en español (2009).