arText on the UNED website

The UNED website has published a news item about the article “Una clasificación actualizada de los géneros textuales de la Administración pública española” (Sara Pistola and Susana Viñuales), published in the 75th number of the Journal of Language and Law.

The news item talks about the objectives and main results of the research article. It also explains how these results will be used to continue developing the arText system. Thank you very much to the UNED communication team for disseminating our research! 🙂

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arText on RNE’s radio program Un idioma sin fronteras

The journalist Ángela Núñez invited us to participate in her radio program Un idioma sin fronteras to talk about arText and arText claro. Iria da Cunha, the coordinator of the arText team, was the person that attended the interview. Among other things, she talked about terminology, linguistic standardization and the main functionalities of the arText system.

The main theme of the program Un idioma sin fronteras is the Spanish language. It is broadcast weekly on Radio Exterior and Radio 5 in different time slots. It can also be heard as a podcast. Listen to the podcast about arText here.

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We’re on the Maldita Twitchería tecnológica

Naiara Bellio and Óscar Pandiello, from Maldita Tecnología, invited Iria da Cunha to participate in their programme “Lenguaje automatizado: cómo nos entendemos las personas con las máquinas?”, which was streamed through their Twitch channel on 10 June. Among other things, they talked about arText and how it assists in the writing of different types of texts.

You can watch it here.

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You can also find more information about the programme in this news item.

Virtual presentation of arText claro

On Monday 24th of May, arText claro, the new tool of the arText system that helps to write texts in plain language, was presented online. Currently, it helps to write in plain language the texts that the Public Administration staff addresses to the citizenship.

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The presentation began with the interventions of two representatives of the UNED, M. Ángeles Escobar and Ricardo Mairal. Afterwards, the main researcher of the project in which arText claro has been developed, Iria da Cunha, showed a demo of the tool. After that, the guests Cristina CarreteroJulio Carlos Fuentes and Sheila Queralt presented their assessments of arText claro. The event was moderated by Susana Viñuales.

The event was broadcasted live on Canal UNED and attendees from several countries were connected. The recording is currently available on Canal UNED.

Europe Direct Comunitat Valenciana, the Representación en España of the European Commission and Europe Direct Sevilla disseminated the presentation.

We appear in delaJusticia.com: “Los textos de la Administración bajo la lupa lingüística”

José Ramón Chaves, Magistrate for contentious-administrative matters at the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Asturias, is the author of the legal blog delaJusticia.com. In one of his latest entries, entitled “Los textos de la Administración bajo la lupa lingüística”, he talks about Iria da Cunha’s book “El discurso del ámbito de la Administración. Una perspectiva lingüística” (Editorial Comares). He also talks about the arText system, about which he says:

“Además pude conocer la existencia de arText, una aplicación gratuita que edita textos en línea, y que permite elaborar escritos administrativos (p. ej. reclamación de responsabilidad, solicitud de subvención, etcétera) ofreciendo opciones de léxico y estilo, además de contenidos típicos, proponiendo fraseología apropiada al género de texto, realizando sugerencias de discurso expresivo, propuestas de dividir oraciones largas o para evitar reiteraciones de palabras, así como corrección de uso de siglas. Y dos aspectos que me llamaron particularmente la atención; en primer lugar, esa aplicación arText que simplifica y mejora la elaboración de textos administrativos por el ciudadano, propone alternativas expresivas para corregir la tendencia al aluvión de ideas y argumentos y que muchos conectamos con partículas típicas (p. ej. asimismo, por otro lado, es más, añadiremos, en otros términos, desde otra perspectiva, etcétera); y en segundo lugar, la aplicación alerta del abuso de palabras con carga subjetiva (ej. «ísimo», «evidentemente», «clarísimo», «sin duda», etcétera)”.

Thank you very much for spreading the word about the book and the arText system! 🙂

Presentation of the book “El discurso del ámbito de la Administración. Una perspectiva lingüística”, by Iria da Cunha

On Friday 5th of February, took place the virtual presentation of the book by Iria da Cunha “El discurso del ámbito de la Administración. Una perspectiva lingüística”, with a foreword by M. Teresa Cabré and published in the Interlingua Collection of the editorial Comares.

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The event was broadcasted live on Canal UNED and was attended by 1559 people, mainly from Spain, but also from 12 other countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Belgium, the UK and the USA.  The recording is currently available on Canal UNED.

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In addition, the BBVA Foundation has made a news item about the book.

arText is mentioned in Archiletras

Sheila Queralt, expert in forensic linguistics and director of the SQ Laboratory, is the author of one of the blogs of ArchiletrasPor la boca muere el malo. In her post entitled «Sentencias recicladas», Sheila talks about the difficulties that forensic linguists have in attributing authorship to judicial texts. In this context, she detects a new application of the arText system.

Thank you, Sheila, for spreading the word about arText and encouraging your readers to try it out! 🙂

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FPI predoctoral contract awarded

We are happy to announce that the FPI predoctoral contract linked to the project “Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación para la e-Administración: hacia la mejora de la comunicación entre Administración y ciudadanía a través del lenguaje claro (TIC-eADMIN)”, funded by convocatoria 2018 de Proyectos I+D del Subprograma Estatal de Generación de Conocimiento (Ministerio de Ciencia, Investigación y Universidades; now Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación), has been awarded to the PhD student Sara Pistola, who has been incorporated to our team the September 1, 2020.

Congratulations, Sara! :)

New arText functionality to write the TFG of any field

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The article entitled “Una herramienta TIC para la redacción del Trabajo de Fin de Grado (TFG)” has been published in the last issue of the journal ELUA: Estudios de Lingüística. Universidad de Alicante. This journal has the “Sello de calidad revistas científicas españolas de la FECYT“.

The goal of the article is to explain that a new functionality has been enabled in the arText system to help university students in the writing of the Final Degree Project (TFG), in its research work modality, for any field of knowledge.

It is possible to access this functionality from the main page of the arText system by selecting the textual genre “Trabajo de fin de grado (TFG)” within the section “Textos académicos de cualquier ámbito”.

Our team would thank you for the dissemination of this functionality, which is totally free of charge. We are sure that it will be very useful for students who must elaborate their TFG at any Spanish university and in any field of knowledge. In addition, we find it especially useful in this difficult time that we are living, in which making electronic resources available to students is more necessary than ever, in the framework of online learning.

Article reference:

da Cunha, Iria (2020). «Una herramienta TIC para la redacción del Trabajo de Fin de Grado (TFG)». ELUA: Estudios de Lingüística. Universidad de Alicante 34. 39-72.

For the implementation of this new arText functionality, the materials from the following book on the TFG and the TFM have been used, currently recommended in many Spanish universities:

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da Cunha, Iria (2016). El trabajo de fin de grado y de máster: Redacción, defensa y publicación. Barcelona: Editorial UOC. ISBN 9788490643907

National funded project

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We are happy to announce that the definitive result of the convocatoria 2018 de Proyectos I+D del Subprograma Estatal de Generación de Conocimiento (Ministerio de Ciencia, Investigación y Universidades) has been published. Our project, “Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación para la e-Administración: hacia la mejora de la comunicación entre Administración y ciudadanía a través del lenguaje claro (TIC-eADMIN)”, has been accepted. The project has been funded and a predoctoral FPI contract linked to the project has been obtained.

I Encuentro de la Red Leonardo

The Leonardo Scholarships were created in 2014 by the Fundación BBVA to promote a key collective in Spain: researchers between 30 and 45 years old in an intermediate stage of their careers. The program held on November 14, 2018, the I Encuentro de la Red Leonardo, which brought together the scholarship recipients of the five calls at the Madrid headquarters of the BBVA Foundation. The President of BBVA and the Fundación BBVA, Francisco González, has presented the diplomas to the winners of the different thematic areas. In the following photo the director of the arText project is collecting the diploma of the area of ​​Humanities:foto-red-leonardo_humanidades

In this meeting the Red Leonardo was launched, which was born as an instrument that will facilitate the exchange of ideas and contents in the physical space and in the digital domain, through the web www.redleonardo.es. This digital site will also serve to follow the trajectories of the members of the network beyond the project carried out thanks to the Leonardo Scholarship.

The creation of the Red Leonardo has appeared in various media, such as El PaísEl MundoABCLa Vanguardia and Cadena SER, among others.