Senior Research Fellow, Assistant Professor, Researcher in the project of compiling ePravopis: Slovenian Normative Guide

Phone:
+386 1 4706 433
E-mail:
Location:
Novi trg 4 (1st floor)
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Researcher's IDs:
17092 (ARRS)
0000-0003-4054-3758 (ORCID)
54906815600 (Scopus)
Research interests

Aleksandra Bizjak Končar (26 July 1963) is a researcher at the Orthographic Section. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in Slovenian in the School of Modern Languages at Macquarie University. Her main research interests are lexicography, corpus linguistics, functional grammar and semantics, discourse analysis and genre theory. Publications in these areas include her 2005 book Sermons as a Genre (published by ZRC SAZU). She is currently participating in the preparation of the ePravopis: Slovenian Normative Guide. She teaches linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica, with a strong focus on the grammar and semantics of Slovenian.

Research Areas

  • discourse analysis and discourse semantics
  • systemic functional linguistics
  • register and genre
  • corpus linguistics and corpus annotation
  • lexicology and lexicography
  • norms of language and orthography

Education, Academic and Scientific Titles

  • 2012–: senior research fellow, ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
  • 2009–: assistant professor of the Slovenian language, University of Nova Gorica
  • 2004: PhD: Jezikoslovne osnove pridige kot žanra (Linguistic Foundations of Sermon as a Genre), Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 1994: MA: Sermons as a Genre, School of English, Linguistics and Media, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • 1987: BA (Hons) degrees in A – Slovenian Language and Literature and B – Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 1982: matura exam at Gimnazija Nova Gorica., Nova Gorica

Employments, Leadership Positions and Competences

Employments:

  • 2004–: temporary employment, School of Humanities, University of Nova Gorica
  • 1996–: ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
  • 1995–1996: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
  • 1994–1995: Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Slovenia
  • 1989–1994: School of Modern Languages, Macquarie University, Australia

Leadership Positions:

  • 2018–2020: coordinator of the work on Language Counselling site for Teachers of the Slovenian Language
  • 2008–2012: co-editor of the Dictionary of New Slovenian Words
  • 2004–2005: head of the newly-founded Faculty of Slovenian Studies at the University of Nova Gorica
  • 1994–1995: head of the public relations department at the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Slovenia
  • 1989–1994: head of the newly-established Slovenian lectureship at the School of Modern Languages, Macquarie University, Australia

Supervision:

  • initiation of new colleagues into the work: Nina Ledinek, Andrej Perdih, Mija Michelizza, Boris Kern, Špela Petric Žižić, Nataša Gliha Komac, Domen Krvina
  • BA and MA theses supervision: Jerneja Šajn, Mojca Perkon

Other Experience:

  • international teaching experience: Sydney (1989–1994)

Work in Editorial Boards and Expert Commissions

  • 2013–2020: member of the Commission on Orthography at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • 2012–2019: member of the editorial board of the Language Counselling
  • 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019: member of the programme board of the international symposium Škrabčevi dnevi
  • 2010: member of the programme board of the 22nd European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference: Complexities of Meaning in Text
  • 1989–1994: member of the committee for preparing language tests for Slovenian translators in Australia’s Ethnic Affairs Commission of New South Wales
  • 1989–1994: member of the committee for judging South Slavic literary works in the Australian Council for the Arts and for Australian television (ABC)

Outstanding Achievements, Awards and Grants

  • 2014–2019: co-author of the publication Problem Categories of the ePravopis: Slovenian Normative Guide
  • 2014–2019: co-editor and co-author of the dictionary ePravopis: Slovenian Normative Guide
  • 2012: co-author of a first corpus-informed Slovenian monolingual dictionary: Dictionary of New Slovenian Words
  • 1996–2002: co-author of a scientific corpus of national importance Nova beseda
  • 1996–2002: co-author of a first part-of-speech tagger for Slovenian
  • 2007–: member of the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Association
  • 2007–: member of the International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association
  • 1992–1993: Australian Government Scholarship – Special Overseas Postgraduate Award
Selected publications

Research areas

Linguistics H350 • Grammar, semantics, semiotics, syntax H352 • Lexicology H353 • Applied linguistics, foreign languages teaching, sociolinguistics H360 • Baltic and Slavonic languages and literatures H590 

Keywords

applied linguistics • systemic functional linguistics • discourse analysis • semantics • corpus linguistics • lexicology • lexicography • normativity in language 

Recognitions & awards

1992–1993: Australian Government Scholarship – Special overseas Postgraduate Award