Mihai Daniel Frumuselu


Born on 25 August 1967 in Bucharest, Romania

Doctor in English linguistics from Örebro University, Sweden

Linguist, computational linguist, programmer

Main Research Interests:
Computational linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Argumentation, Logic in linguistics, Pragmatics, Multimodality, Semantics, Rhetorics



RESEARCH ACTIVITY

Conference Participation
15-17 May 2008 International Conference on Dialogue Analysis and Argumentation at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. Own presentation: Pârvulescu vs. Ceausescu and all vs. Pârvulescu — argumentative schemas in a unique event in a communist dictatorship.
9-13 July 2007 10th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA 2007), at Gothenburg University. Own presentation: Pseudo-parliamentary debate in a communist dictatorship: dissenter Pârvulescu vs. dictator Ceausescu. A pragmatic and multimodal approach.
27-30 June 2006 Sixth International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA 2006), at the University of Amsterdam. Own presentation: Argumentative values of concession in English.
25-27 May 2006 Third International Conference on MultimodalityTiCoM, at the University of Pavia, Italy. Own presentation: A multimodal approach on concession in the British Parliament debates.
2-3 December 2005 NIC (Nordic Network for Intercultural Communication) 12:e Conference , at the University of Tampere, Finland. Own presentation: English words in the Romanian media today: from conscious to unconscious use.
10-15 July 2005 9th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA 2005) at Riva del Garda, Italy. Own presentation: Defining concession.
20-22 November 2003 NIC (Nordic Network for Intercultural Communication) 10th Conference, at Gothenburg (Göteborg) University. Own presentation: Dor and omenie: more than yearning and humaneness. Two Romanian key-words.
6-7 November 2003 ASLA (Association Suédoise de Linguistique Appliquée) Conference Språk, kultur, retorik at Örebro University. Own presentation: Concession in the Iraqi weapon debate in the British House of Commons: A pragmatic and rhetorical approach.
29 Sept. - 3 Oct. 2002 International Conference on Language and Manipulation in the Totalitarian Societies of the 20th Century, organised by the University of Lugano and the University of Geneva at Ascona (Switzerland). Own presentation: Argumentation and manipulation in communist Romania.
24-28 June 2002 The 5th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA), organised by the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Doctoral Courses
5-6 June 2008 Know Your Place: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Discourses in Places, Spaces and On-the-Move - The third workshop of the PlaceMe network, in Oulu, Finland
20-23 May 2008 PhD seminar: The Challenge of Multimodality for Corpus Linguistics, at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
12-13 November 2007 Analysing Embodied and Object-Focused Interaction - The third workshop of the PlaceMe network, at the University of Tartu, Estonia
February-April 2006 English syntax and argumentation, at the University of Gothenburg (Prof. Gunnar Bergh, Mittuniversitet - Mid Sweden University)
4-8 December 2005 The Semiotics of Internet Communication: Approaches to text, genre, and multimodality in the IT age, at Agder University College, Kristiansand, Norway (Prof. Paul Thibault, Agder University College, Anthony Baldry, Università di Pavia, Italy, and Martin Engebretsen, Agder University College)
17-21 May 2004 Critical Discourse Analysis, at Lancaster University, England (Prof. Greg Myers, Lancaster University)
22-26 March 2004 Argumentation: Dialectical and Rhetorical Analysis and Evaluation of Argumentative Discourse (Prof. Frans H. van Eemeren, Dr. Peter Houtlosser, Dr. Maria Agnès van Rees, Universiteit van Amsterdam) organised by Örebro University, in Stockholm
10-14 November 2003 Functional Discourse Grammar (Prof. Lachlan Mackenzie, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), organised by Örebro University, in Stockholm
Sept. 2003 - Jan. 2004 Rhetoric: Theory and Practice (Prof. Cornelia Ilie and Prof. Scott Cawelti, University of Northern Iowa), organised by Örebro University, in Stockholm
22-30 May 2003 Pragmatics: Ethnopragmatics, Pragma-rhetoric and Current Issues in Pragmatics (Prof. Cornelia Ilie, Prof. Emeritus Jacob Mey, University of Southern Denmark, Odense and Austin University, Texas and Prof. Cliff Goddard, University of New England, Australia), organised by Örebro University
February - June 2003 Semantics (Prof. Cornelia Ilie), organised by Örebro University
Sept. 2002 - Jan. 2003 Philosophy for Scientists (Dr. Ulrik Kihlbom, Mattias Högström), organised by Örebro University
Sept. 2002 - Jan. 2003 Academic Writing (Prof. Cornelia Ilie), organised by Örebro University
August 2002 Pre-doctoral course in Corpus Linguistics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (Prof. Jens Allwood)

Further academic merits
since 2012 Peer reviewer for Informal Logic
since 2007 Peer reviewer for Journal of Pragmatics

Research Work
June 2016 Doctoral dissertation:
On Linguistic and Discursive Constructions of Concession and Adversativity: Towards a Multilevel Analysis of English in the UK Parliament
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May 2004 Observing the debates going on in the UK Parliament, London

Public conferences
27 October 2004 Romania and the Romanians - Conference given at Botkyrka Folkhögsskola (Stockholm)

PUBLISHED BOOKS
Ghid de conversaţie român-suedez
Romanian-Swedish Phrasebook (Polirom Publishing House, Iaşi, Romania, 2001, ISBN 973-683-776-9); republished in 2002 (ISBN 973-681-191-3) and 2007 (ISBN 978-973-46-0621-4)
Välkommen! Manual de conversaţie în limba suedeză
The first Swedish coursebook for Romanian speakers (Polirom Publishing House, Iaşi, Romania, 2002, ISBN 973-681-141-7)

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
2010 (forthcoming) Linguistic and argumentative typologies of concession. An integrative approach. In: Argumentation - An International Journal on Reasoning. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
2009 English words in the Romanian language today: from conscious to unconscious use. Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov. Vol. 1 (50) - 2008 Series IV, 61-70. Brasov: Editura Universitatii din Brasov.
2009 A Romanian key-word: dor. In: Chruszczewski, Piotr. Jezyk a Komunikacja. Wroclaw: University of Wroclaw.
2009 Pârvulescu vs. Ceauşescu and all vs. Pârvulescu - argument and pseudo-argument in a unique event in a communist dictatorship. In: Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis. Milano: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
2009 A quasi-parliamentary debate in a communist dictatorship: dissenter Pârvulescu vs. dictator Ceausescu. A pragmatic and multimodal approach. Journal of Pragmatics 42(4): 924-942.
2009 (forthcoming) A multimodal approach to concession in the British Parliament debates. In: Baldry, Anthony Montagna, Elena (eds.). Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Multimodality: Theory and practice. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Multimodality. Campobasso: Palladino.
2007 Linguistic and argumentative typologies of concession. An integrating approach. In: Proceedings of the ISSA 2006 International Conference on Argumentation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
March-May 2011 C# Programming language course at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Kungliga Tekniska högskolan), Stockholm (7.5 points)
September-October 2010 C Programming language course at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Kungliga Tekniska högskolan), Stockholm (7.5 points)
September-October 2010 Java Programming language course II (advanced level) at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Kungliga Tekniska högskolan), Stockholm (7.5 points)
since September 2008 Studying Latin at Stockholm University, Sweden, the Department of Classical Languages

Courses:
   Latin grammar and rhetoric
   Rhetorica ad Herennium
   Cicero: Oratio prima in Catilinam
   Caesar: De bello Gallico
   Ovidius: Metamorphosae, Ars amandi
   Catullus: Carmina docta, Nugae
   Cicero: Pro Caelio
   Vergilius: Aeneis
   Horatius: Carmina
   Sallustius: Bellum Catilinae
   Tacitus: Annales
   Mediaeval Latin
   The Classical World
   Cicero: Pro Licinio Murena
   Caesar: De bello civili
   Augustinus: Confessiones
   Augustinus: De Civitate Dei
   Carmina burana

Personal readings:
   Flavius Eutropius: Breviarius historiae Romanae
   Anonymi Belae Regis Notarii: Gesta Hungarorum
since September 2002 Doctoral student in English linguistics at the University of Örebro, Sweden
August 2002 Pre-doctoral course in Corpus Linguistics at the University of Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden (5 points)
Sept. - Dec. 2001 Specialising courses in Computational Linguistics at the Uppsala University, Institute of Linguistics (Basics of Computing, Grammar for Computational Linguists, Introduction to Language Engineering, Formal Syntax: 20 points) and Institute of Scandinavian Languages (Text and Speech: 5 points)
Sept. - Dec. 1998 Specializing courses in Swedish and Danish (30 points) at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, Nordic Language Department (Scholarship granted by the Swedish Institute, Stockholm)
July 1997 Summer courses in Danish at Nørgaards High School, Bjerringbro, Denmark (Scholarship granted by the Danish Cultural Institute, Copenhagen)
1995-1998 Swedish as an optional language at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, two hours a week, course held by lecturers from the Swedish Institute, Stockholm
1995-1996 University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, one specialization year of study, ended in June 1996 with the M.A. in Literature of English Expression. M.A. dissertation: Shakespeare's Sonnets. A Semiotic Study of the Symbols in the English and Chinese Versions
1991-1995 University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, graduated in June 1995 with the B.A. in English and Chinese studies. B.A. dissertation: Shakespeare's Sonnets. A Comparative Study of the Symbols in the English and Chinese Versions
1988-1990 Two years of study at the Technical University of Bucharest, Department of Automation and Computers (interrupted)
Primary and secondary school in Bucharest, Romania

WORK EXPERIENCE
2010 Testing Microsoft datalinguistic programmes in a project driven by Lionbridge at the request of Microsoft
2009-2010 Computational linguist at XnX Data AB, Stockholm
1996-2002 Assistant lecturer in English at the University of Bucharest and the Agronomical University of Bucharest
1992-1996 Part-time work for Radio Romania International, the English and German Departments (translator, speaker, interviewer)

LANGUAGE ABILITY
Romanian (native tongue), English, Swedish (very advanced), French, German, Danish (advanced), Italian, Latin, Dutch (medium), Norwegian, Japanese, Chinese, Finnish (basic)

PROGRAMMING ABILITY
Programming languages:
C/C++, Java, C#, Pascal, CSS, JavaScript, including DOM and jQuery, PHP, Perl, Linux Shellscript, Prolog
I have written four programmes in C and JavaScript to annotate the language corpus that I used in my doctoral dissertation.

During the autumn term of 2010 I studied Java Programming II (advanced level) at the Royal Technical Institute of Stockholm (KTH), and graduated the course with the best mark (A). (See certificate.) At present, I am studying Programming in C#, at KTH, and testing Microsoft datalinguistic programmes in a project driven by Lionbridge and Microsoft.

Also at the Royal Technical Institute of Stockholm (KTH) I studied Programming in C (autumn 2010) and Programmering in C# (spring 2011).

I have used my knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP and SQL to build a database and an interactive learning platform for my students at the Management Department of the Agronomical University of Bucharest: www.mihai.se/usamv


Markup and query languages:
HTML, XML, CSS, XSLT, XPath, SQL

Operating systems:
MS-DOS, Windows 3x/95/98/2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X, Linux/UNIX

Applications:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Eclipse, FileMaker, MySQL, Microsoft Office, iWork, iMovie, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Premiere, WordSmith Tools, Camtasia Studio, iShowU, EpiServer

MEMBERSHIPS
Member of ISSA (International Society for the Study of Argumentation)
Member of IPrA (International Pragmatics Association)
Member of ASLA (Association Suédoise de linguistique apliquée)
Member of NIC (Nordic Network for Intercultural Communication)
Member of Nordtalk (Nordic Research Program in Language Technology)
Member of PlaceMe (The Nordic research network on Place, Mediated discourse and Embodied interaction)

PERSONAL INTERESTS
Philosophy, Religion

HOBBIES
Travelling, photography, sports (swimming, bowling, badminton), music


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