arText and arText clear video tutorial

We have recorded a video tutorial so that you can see how to use the two arText system tools: arText (for writing text genres in specialized fields) and arText claro (for writing texts in plain language).

It lasts less than 7 minutes and you can watch it here:

We joined Comun-es

Comun-es is the first virtual community of Spanish language researchers. This is an initiative promoted by the Universidad de Salamanca and the University of Oxford.  It can be joined by specialists in Spanish literature, Hispanic linguistics and Spanish as LE/L2. The main objectives of this platform are:

  • To connect researchers from all over the world interested in the same research areas.
  • To contribute to give visibility to projects and initiatives on Hispanic language and culture.
  • To establish a space where researchers can collaborate with other specialists in the same field.

Several members of our team have joined Comun-es. Specifically, the following have created an account on the platform: Iria da CunhaGerardo Sierra and Sara Pistola. In addition, we have shared the research project through which arText is currently being developed: “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” (funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Investigación y Universidades).


New thesis in the framework of the project

Jadranka Gladic will carry out her doctoral thesis within the framework of the arText project thanks to the “Programa de doctorado en filología. Estudios lingüísticos y literarios” of the Facultad de Filología of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). The topic of her thesis is: “El Trabajo de Fin de Grado en Derecho Administrativo: un análisis comparativo entre España y Chile”.

Congratulations and welcome to the team, Jadranka!

Jadranka en el equipo

We took part in the Jornadas Terminología, inteligencia artificial y sociedad digital

On 10 December, the Jornadas Terminología, inteligencia artificial y sociedad digital were held in Madrid, combining, on the one hand, the XX Jornada anual de la Asociación Española de Terminología (AETER) and, on the other hand, the IX Jornada de Terminología y Traducción Institucional de la Dirección General de Traducción (DGT) de la Comisión Europea. Iria da Cunha participated in the round table “Terminology and digital society”, moderated by Luis González (DGT translator). Among other things, she presented arText as an example of a technological tool that makes use of terminology and has a transfer to society.

The event was streamed live on the European Commission’s YouTube channel and is available here. You can also access the photo gallery from the AETER website by clicking here.



We participated in the IV Seminario internacional de lenguaje claro

The Red de Lenguaje Claro Colombia invited our coordinator Iria da Cunha to present arText at one of the round tables of the IV Seminario internacional de lenguaje claro, which took place on the 1st and 2nd of December. The round table was entitled “Midiendo la claridad: testeo de contenidos y diálogo de saberes”. Iria da Cunha was joined by Mario Tascón (Prodigioso Volcán) and Carlos Andrés Rocha Ruiz (Grupo de Modernización del Estado del Departamento Nacional de Planeación de Colombia). The round table was moderated by Juan Manuel Espinosa, Subdirector Académico of the Instituto Caro y Cuervo de Colombia.

The seminar was streamed and proved to be a great success, with more than 950 attendees. It is now available on YouTube.


New article in the journal Pragmalingüística!

The article entitled “Recomendaciones sobre lenguaje claro en español en el ámbito jurídico-administrativo: análisis y clasificación” has been published today in the journal Pragmalingüística. The aim of the article is to analyse the recommendations on plain language written in Spanish that are included in the most relevant and current sources on the subject, in order to classify them according to the level of the language to which they refer. This systematization of the plain language recommendations was used as the basis for the creation of arText claro. We encourage you to read the article and use arText claro!

The reference of the article is as follows:

Da Cunha, Iria; Escobar, M. Ángeles (2021). “Recomendaciones sobre lenguaje claro en español en el ámbito jurídico-administrativo: análisis y clasificación”Pragmalingüística, 29. 129-148. ISSN 1133-682X

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Conference at the II Jornadas de la Red Nacional de Calidad Normativa

On 26 November, the II Jornadas de la Red Nacional de Calidad Normativa were held, organised by the Oficina de Coordinación y Calidad Normativa of the Ministerio de la Presidencia, Relaciones con las Cortes y Memoria Democrática of Spain. We participated with a talk entitled “El sistema arText como recurso tecnológico para la redacción de normas en lenguaje claro”. Thank you very much for the invitation!


The Región de Murcia invites us to present arText claro

The Consejería de Transparencia, Participación y Administración Pública and the Escuela de Formación e Innovación Pública de la Administración Pública (EFIAP) of the Región de Murcia, with the collaboration of Fundación NovaGob, organized the Jornada La tecnología al servicio del lenguaje claro en la Administración”. It was celebrated on 15 November in a dual format. In total, more than 100 people attended.

We participated to present arText claro with a conference entitled “Redacción asistida de textos administrativos en lenguaje claro: el caso del sistema arText”. The event is available to watch on YouTube here.


We participated in RITerm 2020-2021

From 26 to 29 October, the XVII Simposio Iberoamericano de Terminología (RITerm 2020-2021) was celebrated. This year’s theme was: “Inclusión y terminología en la sociedad actual”. The event was held online from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) with Gerardo Sierra (Grupo de Ingeniería Lingüística, UNAM) as the president of the organizing committee.

We participated with the communication entitled “Latinismos y expresiones arcaicas en el ámbito de la Administración: hacia la búsqueda de alternativas más claras”. In it, we explained the process that we followed to implement the recommendation “Sustitución de expresiones difíciles de entender” in arText claro


Participation in Congreso NovaGob 2021

On 28 and 29 October, the Congreso NovaGob 2021: VIII Congreso de Innovación Pública was held. It was organized by Fundación NovaGob with the participation of Gobierno de Aragón, Fundación Democracia y Gobierno Local, and Laboratorio de Aragón Gobierno Abierto (LAAB). We participated in the “Desafíos en 10 minutos” with a communication entitled “ArText claro contra el muro del lenguaje administrativo”. It was recorded and can be watched here.


The collaboration between the UNED and the Ayuntamiento de Madrid in the media

Over the last few days, several media have been talking about the “Protocolo de colaboración en investigación científica en materia de comunicación clara” signed by the UNED and the Ayuntamiento de Madrid. Some of them are:


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Signing of the protocolo de colaboración en comunicación clara by the UNED and the Ayuntamiento de Madrid

The Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) and the Ayuntamiento de Madrid signed the “Protocolo de colaboración en investigación científica en materia de comunicación clara”. The document was signed by Rosa María Martín Aranda, Vicerrectora de Investigación, Transferencia del Conocimiento y Divulgación Científica of the UNED, and by Begoña Villacís Sánchez, in her capacity as head of the Área de Gobierno de Vicealcaldía of the Ayuntamiento de Madrid. Silvia Saavedra, concejala delegada de Coordinación Territorial, Transparencia y Participación Ciudadana, was present at the event.

The motivation of this collaboration is that the Ayuntamiento de Madrid, through the Subdirección General de Calidad y Evaluación, collaborates in the TIC-eADMIN research project. As part of this project, arText‘s new functionalities are being developed to help the Administration’s staff to write texts addressed to the citizens. Currently, arText claro has already been developed, a system that helps to write administrative texts addressed to citizens in plain language. However, thanks to the collaboration with the Ayuntamiento de Madrid, arText will also incorporate new functionalities that help public workers to write some specific types of texts, such as, for example, a requirement, a resolution or a contract. The aim is that the technological tool will not only offer recommendations on plain language, as it already does thanks to arText claro, but it will also help the users to structure and draft certain types of specific documents.


We participated in the 3rd edition of EnClaro

From 4 to 8 October, the 3rd edition of the Encuentros sobre lenguaje claro “EnClaro” was held, organized by Antonio Martín (Cálamo y Cran) and Arsenio Escolar (Archiletras), and directed by Isabel Espuelas.

Iria da Cunha was in charge of opening the event with a talk entitled “Lenguaje claro y tecnología: el caso de arText claro”. She also participated in the round table that took place on 8 October together with Víctor González (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and Romina Sparano (Language Compass). The topic of the round table was “Cómo poner en marcha un plan de claridad”.



Participation in the VI Congreso Internacional de Transparencia

On 27-29 September, the VI Congreso Internacional de Transparencia was held at the University of Alicante. We participated in the Grupo de Trabajo GT21-02 Lenguaje transparente, coordinated by Rafael Camacho Muñoz.

The presentation was entitled “El primer redactor asistido para escribir en lenguaje claro textos administrativos en español”. It included an online demonstration of arText claro, the arText tool that helps to write texts in plain language.


New conference about arText

The Seminario Internacional sobre Centros de Escritura en Universidades Españolas was held on 20-21 September. It was organized by the Proyecto de Innovación Educativa PIE 19-098 of the Universidad de Málaga (UMA), and the Centro de Escritura de la Facultad de Formación de Profesorado y Educación of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), coordinated by Juan Antonio Núñez.

The paper we presented was entitled: “ArText como recurso tecnológico de acompañamiento en las tutorías de escritura académica”. In it, we talked about the role that the arText system can play as a resource to help students and teachers in academic writing tutorships.


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! 🙂


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.


Participation in the IV Jornadas Internacionales de Transversalidad en la Docencia

On 14-15 June, the IV Jornadas Internacionales de Transversalidad en la Docencia were held at Universidad Nebrija. We presented a communication entitled “Un redactor asistido para la elaboración del Trabajo de Fin de Grado”, related to the arText tool that helps to write the TFG.


The communication team of Nebrija University has prepared a news item about the conference. You can read it here.

New publications in the Journal of Language and Law

The arText team participates in the 75th number of the Journal of Language and Law with two publications. The first one is the article “Una clasificación actualizada de los géneros textuales de la Administración pública española” (Sara Pistola and Susana Viñuales). It can be consulted here. The second is a review by Cristina Carretero of the book “El discurso del ámbito de la Administración: una perspectiva lingüística”, published by Iria da Cunha in 2020 (Editorial Comares). The review is entitled “El proceso comunicativo entre la Administración y la ciudadanía: especial perspectiva del ciudadano como emisor del mensaje” and can be consulted here.


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.


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

Participation in the round table “PLN para solucionar problemas sociales”

On 3 June, the round table “PLN para solucionar problemas sociales” was held. It was organised by DiverTLes, a community of women working and researching in Language Technologies in Spain created by the “Red de Dinamización de Actividades en Tecnologías de Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural” (PLN.NET).

Iria da Cunha participated with a presentation entitled “ArText: un redactor asistido que tiene en cuenta las necesidades de diferentes colectivos sociales”. The event was recorded and it is available on YouTube.


Talk at the Universidade Estadual de Maringá

Mikel Iruskieta (Universidad del País Vasco) and Juliano Desiderato Antonio (Universidade Estadual de Maringá) have invited us to participate in the Symposium “Rhetorical Structure Theory: a discoursive perspective for linguistic analysis and applied linguistics”. This Symposium is part of the II Seminar “Caminhos para a pesquisa em Descrição Linguística”, organised by the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Letras Mestrado e Doutorado, Universidade Estadual de Maringá (Brazil).

Our talk was entitled “Discourse-related recommendations in a computer assisted writing system”. We have shown the design and computational implementation of the discourse-related recommendations included in arText.


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.


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.

Participation in the Jornada de Proyectos de Investigación del Departamento de Filologías Extranjeras y sus Lingüísticas de la UNED

On 18 May, the Jornada de Proyectos de Investigación I+D+i de lengua, lingüística y literatura organised by the Departamento de Filologías Extranjeras y sus Lingüísticas, Facultad de Filología, at UNED was held. The conference was created with the aim of giving visibility to the funded research projects that are being carried out in the departament, among them, the TIC-eADMIN project, in which arText is currently being developed.

Three members of the TIC-eADMIN project team took part in the conference: Iria da Cunha, Gerardo Sierra and Maite Taboada. The recordings of the presentations are available on Canal UNED:




Conference at the Universitat Jaume I

Esther Monzó, professor in the Departamento de Traducción y Comunicación at the Universitat Jaume I, invited us to give a conference-workshop at the XXVI Jornadas de Fomento de la Investigación en Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, which took place on May 14th. The conference was entitled “La dirección a distancia de los trabajos académicos en ciencias humanas y sociales: herramientas, recursos y materiales para profesorado y alumnado”.

More information on the conference can be found in this article.


Communication at the XI Jornadas de Investigación en Innovación Docente de la UNED

On 11-13 May, took place the XI Jornadas de Investigación en Innovación Docente de la UNED. This year, the theme of the sessions was “Avances en la formación híbrida y en línea para una educación post-pandemia”. Silvia Sánchez Calderón and Iria da Cunha participated in the event with a talk entitled “El MOOC como herramienta de enseñanza-aprendizaje en la elaboración de un Trabajo de Fin de Grado”. This work was carried out in the framework of the Innovative Didactic Group for Open Linguistic Glosary Applications (OLGA).

In the communication, they talked about the MOOC “La redacción del Trabajo de Fin de Grado en seis pasos”, whose 2nd edition starts in November 2021. In this MOOC, different materials are employed, such as the book “El trabajo de fin de grado y de máster: Redacción, defensa y publicación” (Iria da Cunha). In addition, the arText tool for writing the TFG is recommended to university students.

The communication can be seen on Canal UNED:

Communication at enTRetextos 2021

On May 13 and 14, the III Congreso Internacional enTRetextos: Géneros discursivos, corpus y traducción en contextos profesionales y académicos. Desafíos y oportunidades en la era digital took place. Sara Pistola and Iria da Cunha participated with the talk entitled “Los géneros textuales de la Administración en el contexto universitario: el punto de vista de los estudiantes del ámbito jurídico”.

The communication presented the results of a survey carried out among students of Administrative Law at the UNED. The aim of the survey was to determine the administrative textual genres that students have to write more frequently and which ones generate the most writing difficulties for them.


The recording is available on YouTube.

We appear in “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 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! 🙂

Talk at the I Seminario “La escritura académica”

On 16, 22 and 30 April 2021, it was held the I Seminario Internacional Interuniversitario de Lectura y Escritura en la Universidad “La escritura académica”, organised by the Red Internacional de Universidades Lectoras (RIUL), the Universidad de Extremadura, the Universidad de Jaén and the Universidad de León. Iria da Cunha participated in the seminar with a talk entitled “El sistema arText como recurso para la redacción en línea de textos profesionales y académicos”.

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Lecture at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Juan Antonio Núñez, coordinator of the Centro de Escritura de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Facultad de Formación del Profesorado y Educación), invited us to give a lecture to the students of theMáster en Formación de Profesorado de ESO y Bachillerato. The talk, entitled “La enseñanza de la escritura mediante herramientas tecnológicas de ayuda a la redacción” was about the use of writing support systems in the classroom, among them, arText.


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.


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.


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

New book on administrative discourse

We are pleased to announce the publication of the book entitled “El discurso del ámbito de la Administración: una perspectiva lingüística”, written by Iria da Cunha and with a foreword by M. Teresa Cabré. The book is published in the Interlingua collection of Editorial Comares and includes part of the research carried out in the context of our arText projects.

You can find more information about the book at the following link:


Conference at the University of Córdoba

cartel_seminario_UCO_2020The University of Córdoba has invited us to participate in the permanent education seminar entitled “La construcción del conocimiento  a través de la investigación en Lingüística y Traductología: métodos, problemas y últimas investigaciones”, organised by José María Castellano Martínez and Sergio Rodríguez Tapia.

Within the framework of this seminar, a conference entitled «La importancia de la metodología  en proyectos de investigación sobre herramientas TIC en el ámbito de la lingüística» was given. Thanks to this initiative, it was possible to explain the methodology used in the development of arText to the doctoral students attending the event.


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! 🙂




arText at the Primera Jornada “Escritura Académica y Discurso Especializado”

Our colleagues from the Delegación de Chile de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudios del Discurso (ALED-Chile) and the Grupo de Investigación Interdisciplinario en Discurso Académico, Científico y Profesional (GRIDACIP) have organized the Primera Jornada “Escritura Académica y Discurso Especializado”. The arText team presented two papers at the conference.

On the one hand, Sara Pistola and Susana Viñuales presented the paper entitled «Recopilación, selección y clasificación de los géneros textuales de la Administración Pública española». In this talk, they explained the progress being made within the framework of the current research project (TIC-eADMIN) financed by the Ministry of Science, Research and Universities.

On the other hand, Juan Antonio Núñez and Iria da Cunha introduced the paper entitled «Un análisis del impacto del sistema arText en la redacción del Trabajo de Fin de Grado». Their objective was to establish the impact of the recommendations offered by arText on the review of the Trabajo de Fin de Grado (Final Project) done by university students.

All the conferences of the day are still available on its Youtube channel.

Click here to see the presentation “Compilation, selection and classification of text genres in the Spanish Public Administration” (starts at minute 02:09:51).

Click here to see the presentation “An analysis of the impact of the arText system in the writing of the End of Degree Project” (starts at minute 46:45).

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Conference about arText at the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Valparaiso

poster-conferencia-artext-valparaiso-2020Our colleagues from the Institute of Literature and Language Sciences at the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Valparaíso (Chile) have invited us to give a conference on arText as part of the excellent virtual conference cycle they are organizing, called “Meetings in Linguistics”. Our team would like to thank the organizers of the event, Sabela Fernández (Director of the Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics) and Romualdo Ibáñez (Director of the PhD programme in Linguistics), for their kind invitation.

Our conference was entitled “The arText system: a technological tool that helps to write texts in specialized fields in Spanish”. It summarized the trajectory of the research project in which arText has been developed, from its beginnings in 2015 to the present day. The methodology used in each of the work phases has been explained, as well as the results obtained in each of the financed projects obtained by the team.

The conference was broadcast via Facebook Live and is still available here.