Carmen Portero Muñoz


Title: “Estudio empirico del papel de la metonimia conceptual en la gramática, el discurso y la lengua de signos. elaboración de una base de datos de metonimias. Segunda fase” [An empirical investigation into the role of conceptual metonymy in grammar, discourse and sign language. Compilation of a metonymy database: Second phase] (FFI2012-36523).
Funding agency: Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spanish Government. 
Participating Universities: Universidad de Córdoba, Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and Universidad de Educación a Distancia (UNED).
Calendar : From 01-01-2013 to 31-12-2016 (original deadline: 31-12-2015; the project has been extended for an extra year). 
Number of researchers: 9
Principal Investigator: Antonio Barcelona

Title: A distributional approach to English Adjective-Noun sequences (Activity: European Network on Word Structure: Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Understanding Word Structure in the Languages of Europe).
Funding agency: European Science Foundation Research Networking Programmes.
Participating Universities: Universidad de Córdoba, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge).
Calendar: 6 days (this project is still in progress). 
Number of researchers: 2.


Carmen Portero Muñoz is senior Lecturer at the University of Córdoba, Spain, where she obtained a tenured position in 2002. She completed her doctorate in 1997 with a PhD Dissertation with the title Intensification: study of a classeme, supervised by Prof. Kees Hengeveld. Her research is mainly focused on lexical and morphosyntactic issues following functional and cognitive approaches. She has worked within the Functional Discourse Grammar framework (FDG) as well as within the theory of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG). Over the last few years she has participated in a project on the empirical study of conceptual metonymy in grammar and discourse, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Innovation. She has been visiting scholar at different universities, like the University of Amsterdam, the State University of New York at Buffalo and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.


Portero-Muñoz, Carmen. A course in English Morphology. 2004. Córdoba; Universidad de Córdoba. 255 págs.

This book is an introduction to morphology, focusing on English. What makes it different from other textbooks concerned with this component of grammar is the integration of theory and practice, the focus on the English language, as well as the eclectic approach taken.
The book is divided into four parts. In Part I, morphology is located within the general field of linguistics, and the basic concepts are introduced. The last chapter of this part draws the distinction between derivation and inflection, the two sub-branches of morphology. Part II is devoted to English derivational morphology. Part III offers a few samples of the work which is being done on different morphological issues in a number of non-formal theoretical frameworks. Finally, in Part IV the focus is on English inflectional morphology.
An advantage of this book is the presentation of deep knowledge on English morphology without the intricacies of specific theoretical models, though concepts are not given in isolation but they are presented in a wider context, so that reference to some of the most relevant theories is made.
A generous number of exercises of various types, all dealing with the English language, is provided at the end of each chapter, once the students are familiarized with the necessary theoretical knowledge.



Portero Muñoz, Carmen (fc) Bound lexical formatives: lexicon, grammar or somewhere in between. An FDG perspective. Linguistics 54.

Portero Muñoz, Carmen (2014) A constructional approach to transitional formatives. The use of –head in so-called ‘exocentric’ formations. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 12 (1): 160–192.

Portero Muñoz, Carmen (2013) Adjective-Noun sequences at the crossroads between morphology and syntax: an FDG perspective. Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 67: 123-140.

Portero Muñoz, Carmen (2013) Noun-Noun sequences and the complement-modifier distinction: a corpus-based study. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 9: 71-1.

Portero Muñoz, Carmen (2011) Noun-Noun Euphemisms in the Language of the Global Financial Crisis. Atlantis (Revista de la Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-americanos) 33(2): 137–157.

Portero Muñoz, Carmen (2011) A Functional Discourse Grammar approach to the Swarm-alternation as a case of conversion. In Pilar Guerrero Medina (ed.), Morphosyntactic Alternations in English: Functional and cognitive perspectives. Sheffield: Equinox, 316-338.

Portero Muñoz, Carmen (2007) Noun+Noun sequences: their place in Functional Discourse Grammar. Web Paper in Functional Grammar 80. University of Amsterdam.

Portero Muñoz, Carmen (2003) Derived nominalizations in -ee: an RRG-based semantic analysis. English Language and Linguistics 7 (1): 129-159.

Portero Muñoz, Carmen (2002) Understood objects in Functional Grammar. Working Papers in Functional Grammar 76. University of Amsterdam. (with Daniel García Velasco).