Residency period: March 6, 2023 to December 22, 2023

Linguistic Area of ​​Text and Discourse – Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics (FALE)

IEAT resident Gustavo Ximenes Cunha holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He held a Post-Doctorate at the Faculty of Letters of UFMG (2014-2015), developing research on textual relations in political discourse, and at the Faculté de Psychologie et des Sciences de l’Éducation of the Université de Genève (2021-2022), developing, as a guest researcher, research on language and interaction in the context of professional training.

From 2013 to 2015, he was a professor at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, at the Federal University of Alfenas (UNIFAL-MG), working in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Economics and in the Graduate Program in Public Management and Society. Since 2016, he has been Professor at the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics (FALE) at UFMG and at the Graduate Program in Linguistic Studies (POSLIN / UFMG). He is the leader of the Study Group on Pragmatics, Text and Discourse (GEPTED/UFMG) and researcher at the Study Group on Media Discourse (GEDIM/UFES), of the GT Description of Portuguese of the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Languages and Linguistics (ANPOLL) and the Nucleus for the Study of Language in Use (NELU/UFMG). He is a CNPq Research Productivity Scholar.

He was associate editor (2017-2019) and editor-in-chief (2020-2023) of the Journal of Language Studies. Over the past ten years, the projects he coordinates have the general purpose of developing an approach to the study of textual relations and their markers in an interactionist perspective of language studies. This approach has been used in the study of different corpora, but, in particular, corpora formed by political and media discourses. The results of his research have been published in articles published in national and international journals.


The general objective of the research is to develop a transdisciplinary and interactionist approach to the role of textual relations (argument, counter-argument, reformulation, etc.) and their markers in the epistemic dimension of political public discourse. Specifically, we seek to study the role of these relationships in the epistemic dimension of the corpus formed by the debates of the second round of the electoral campaign for the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil in 2022.

This objective is based on the hypothesis that textual relations can play an important role in the mobilization of knowledge and knowledge and in the negotiation of epistemic postures (epistemic dimension) in political public discourse. Given the complexity of the focused phenomenon, we adopt a transdisciplinary theoretical and methodological perspective that articulates contributions from three areas of knowledge: Linguistics – studies on textual relations and their markers developed by Pragmatics of Discourse will be particularly relevant –, Sociology – contributions are sought , in particular, the Conversation Analysis of ethnomethodological orientation and the Institutional Speech derived from it on the epistemic dimension and the way in which verbal and non-verbal languages constitute methods for carrying out social/institutional practices – and Education – will be of special importance studies carried out within the scope of professional training that, from an interactionist perspective, understand verbal and non-verbal means as methods of building contexts that are more or less favorable to interaction and, consequently, to training.