Mario Bisiada, PhD

Mario Bisiada

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Faculty of Translation and Language Sciences
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
C. Roc Boronat, 138
08018 Barcelona, Spain

Tel: +34 93 542 2244


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I'm a tenure-track lecturer working in the areas of contrastive discourse analysis and translation studies at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. I'm a member of the Discourse and Translation Studies Research Group, where I'm currently working on the MODEVIGTRAD research project, led by Montserrat González. This year, I teach the introductory module to translation studies research in our MA in Translation Studies, and German language classes at BA level.

My specific research interests are cross-linguistic and cross-cultural contrasts in German, English, Spanish and Catalan discourse, especially concerning the following issues:

For further information, please read about my research, or download my publications and conference talks.


Academic appointments

since 2015
Tenure-Track Lecturer (Translation Studies)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
2012 − 2014
Associate Lecturer (German Linguistics)
University of Kent, UK


2010 − 2013
PhD in Translation & Intercultural Studies
University of Manchester, UK
2009 − 2010
MA in Applied Translation Studies
University of Leeds, UK
2006 − 2009
BA in English & Linguistics
University of York, UK
Josef-Albers-Gymnasium Bottrop, Germany


The education source domain of metaphors

Metaphor from the education source domain, for example, “doing homework”, “model pupil” or “learning lessons” are being used frequently in political discourse across languages. In the Eurozone crisis, for instance, the “homework” metaphor has been applied to anything from a single person to a whole country. The use of metaphors from that source domain evoke frames of moral obligation and thus manipulate political discourse by replacing critical debates and consensus with unquestionable duties to fulfil the demands of those actors who represent themselves as “schoolmasters”. I'm interested in investigating the pragmatic development and evaluative use of metaphors from the education source domain cross-linguistically in English, German, Spanish and Catalan political discourse. Establising a comprehensive overview of the emergence, use and pragmatic effects of metaphors from this source domain may help to develop a better understanding of the discourse strategies used by political actors who draw on these metaphors.

This research is part of the MODEVIGTRAD project (Evidentiality and epistemicity in texts of evaluative discourse genres. Contrastive analysis and translation), led by Montserrat González Condom. The project is funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (FFI2014-57313-P).

Editorial Influence in Translation

When we talk about phenomena of translated language, we usually equate translated language with the language we find in translated books, magazines, newspapers or other such published translations. What we often forget is that in the production of translated documents, there are many intermediate stages such as revision, editing or proofreading where the language in the text is changed, sometimes significantly. While some phenomena like sentence splitting are caused by both translators and editors alike (see my 2016 article), I also show in this book chapter that translators and editors are linguistic actors that are guided by noticeably different purposes. On the one hand, they both make extensive changes to nominalisations (Bisiada 2017a), which I have shown to happen especially when the nominalisation is postmodified, for instance by genitive attributes (Bisiada 2017b). On the other hand, editors also eliminate passive constructions from translations, especially when the verb is in the past tense (article accepted in Across Languages and Cultures). With respect to a proposed “mediation effect”, it seems that translating and editing are rather different activities. Thus, I argue for a greater inclusion of unedited texts in translation corpora (to appear in Target).

Language contact in translation and language change

Translation as a site of language contact can play a role in language change. I'm interested in the effects that the contact of two languages both in the mind of the translator and in that of the reader can have on each other. In my PhD project (Bisiada 2013a), I have concentrated on the analysis of parataxis and hypotaxis in English−German translation, which has found some evidence for a diachronic decrease of hypotactic constructions in causal (Bisiada 2013b) and concessive clauses (Bisiada 2016) in translated language, although this trend is not corroborated in non-translated language. As reported in Bisiada (2016), there does seem to be a trend towards a greater use of sentence-initial concessive conjunctions in German business articles, which may well have been affected by language contact in translation.

Tutorización de TFM/tesis

Tengo especial interés en dirigir trabajos académicos en los campos de la lingüística contrastiva, el análisis del discurso y los estudios de traducción basados en corpus, tratando el alemán, el inglés, el español y el catalán, así como proyectos interdisciplinarios que incluyen una de esas líneas de investigación o lenguas. Aquí están algunos trabajos que he dirigido:

Hochberg, Amy. In progress. Identifying pragmatic markers in public service announcements. PhD in Translation Studies.

Cherta, Joaquín. 2018. Anàlisi descriptiva de l'ús del català informal a la societat actual. BA in Applied Language Studies.

Correa Padrón, Darisbel. 2018. Creación de un corpus oral para la descripción y representación fonético-fonológica del belsetán. BA in Applied Language Studies.

Díaz, Ariadna. 2018. Anàlisi de les frases fetes catalanes calcades del castellà. BA in Applied Language Studies.

Knoll, Rebecca. 2018. Language and style in Truman Capote's “Breakfast at Tiffany's” − the German translations from 1959 and 2006. MA in Translation Studies.

Romero, Macarena. 2018. Un segle d'ideologia en els diccionaris de castellà al català: Qüestions de gènere. BA in Applied Language Studies.

Farré Olives, Guillem. 2017. Vergleichende Analyse der Übersetzungen ins Spanische und Katalanische von Er ist wieder da. BA in Translation and Interpreting.

Fadaré Owolabi, Pelumi. 2017. Verstehensprobleme bei der deutschen Verwaltungssprache. BA in Translation and Interpreting.

Hochberg, Amy. 2017. From corpses to corpus: Identifying pragmatic markers in public service announcements. MA in Translation Studies.

Sulca Bravo, Eva. 2017. Estudio de las portadas de la prensa española y alemana. BA in Translation and Interpreting.

Yao, Gang. 2017. From migrant to migrante: A corpus-based analysis. MA in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.


Journal articles

Bisiada, Mario. Forthcoming. A cross-linguistic analysis of the “homework” metaphor in German and English political discourse. Discourse & Society 29(6).

Bisiada, Mario. Forthcoming. Translated language or edited language? A study of passive constructions in translation manuscripts and their published versions. Across Languages and Cultures.

Bisiada, Mario. Forthcoming. The editor's invisibility: Analysing editorial intervention in translation. Target.

Bisiada, Mario. 2018. Editing nominalisations in English−German translation: When do editors intervene? The Translator. doi:10.1080/13556509.2017.1301847.

Bisiada, Mario. 2018. Translation and editing: A study of editorial treatment of nominalisations in draft translations. Perspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice 26(1). 24−38. doi:10.1080/0907676X.2017.1290121.

Bisiada, Mario. 2016. Structural effects of English-German language contact in translation on concessive constructions in business articles. Text & Talk 36(2). 133−154. doi:10.1515/text-2016-0007.

Bisiada, Mario. 2016. Lösen Sie Schachtelsätze möglichst auf: The impact of editorial guidelines on sentence splitting in German business article translations. Applied Linguistics 37(3). 354−376. doi:10.1093/applin/amu035.

Bisiada, Mario. 2013. Changing conventions in German causal clause complexes: A diachronic corpus study of translated and non-translated business articles. Languages in Contrast 13(1). 1–27. doi:10.1075/lic.13.1.01bis.

Bisiada, Mario. 2009. [R] in Germanic Dialects—Tradition or Innovation? Vernaculum 1. 83–99.

Book chapters

Bisiada, Mario. 2017. Universals of editing and translation. In Silvia Hansen-Schirra, Oliver Czulo & Sascha Hofmann (eds.), Empirical modelling of translation and interpreting, 241−275. Berlin: Language Science Press. doi:10.5281/zenodo.1090972.


Bisiada, Mario. 2013. From hypotaxis to parataxis: An investigation of English–German syntactic convergence in translation. University of Manchester PhD thesis.


Bisiada, Mario. 2017. Readability: Text and context. Style 51(2). 257−263. doi:10.1353/sty.2017.0019.

Bisiada, Mario. 2015. Translation: A multidisciplinary approach. Meta 60(3). 640−644. doi:10.7202/1036148ar.

Bisiada, Mario. 2015. Metaphor and intercultural communication. Language and Intercultural Communication 15(4). 616−621. doi:10.1080/14708477.2015.1053176.


Invited Talks

The editor's invisibility: What corpus analysis of draft translations can reveal about the translation product
Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany (26 October 2017)
ARTIS Training Event: Corpora in translation and interpreting studies

Language change through language contact in English−German translation
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain (11 October 2017)
Grup de Lingüística Formal (GLiF) Research Seminar

Features of mediated discourse: A corpus investigation of translated and edited language
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain (11 December 2015)
Grup d'Estudis del Discurs (GED) Research Seminar

Syntactic change through translation: A corpus-based approach to language change
University of Lancaster, GB (10 November 2011)
UCREL Corpus Research Seminar

Conference Talks

Bisiada, Mario. 2017. The editor’s invisibility: Changes to nominalisation in the translation workflow. Translation in Transition 3. Universiteit Gent, Belgium.

Bisiada, Mario. 2017. “Tsipras’s homework has been thrown back in his face”: A cross-linguistic study of the “homework” metaphor as positive self- and negative other presentation. International Contrastive Linguistics Conference 8 (ICLC8). National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Bisiada, Mario. 2016. Precision or readability? On the influence of editors in English-German business translation. Meaning in Translation: Illusion of Precision. Riga Technical University, Latvia.

Bisiada, Mario. 2016. Editors' influence on passive use in English-German business translation. Congreso Internacional de Traducción: EnTRetextos. Universitat de Valencia, Spain.

Bisiada, Mario. 2016. An investigation of diachronic change in hypotaxis and parataxis in German through language contact with English in translation. Diachronic Corpora, Genre and Language Change. University of Nottingham, UK.

Bisiada, Mario. 2015. Tracing nominalisation through the phases of English-German translation: A case study of grammatical metaphor. The 42nd International Systemic Functional Congress (ISFC42). RWTH Aachen, Germany.

Bisiada, Mario. 2015. Investigating English-German translation of ideational grammatical metaphor in business articles. Metaphors in/and/of Translation: Specialised Researching and Applying Metaphor seminar. Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands.

Bisiada, Mario. 2015. Estudio de caso de la metáfora gramatical a través de un análisis corpus de la traducción del inglés al alemán. 7.o Congreso Internacional de Lingüística del Corpus (CILC 2015). Universidad de Valladolid, Spain.

Bisiada, Mario. 2015. Differentiating the translation process: A corpus analysis of editorial influence on translated business articles. Translation in Transition 2015. Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany.

Bisiada, Mario. 2014. The effect of sentence splitting on cohesion in German business translations. 4th Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies Conference (UCCTS4). University of Lancaster, UK.

Bisiada, Mario. 2013. Diachronic change in causal cohesive devices in translated and non-translated German business articles. 7th International Contrastive Linguistics & 3rd Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies Conference (ICLC7 - UCCTS3). Universiteit Gent, Belgium.

Bisiada, Mario. 2012. Language change through translation? Investigating diachronic syntactic change in English–German business article translations. 8th International Postgraduate Conference in Translation & Interpreting (IPCITI8). Dublin City University, Ireland.

Bisiada, Mario. 2011. Syntactic change through translation: A corpus-based approach to language change. 20th International Postgraduate Linguistics Conference (PLC20). University of Manchester, UK.

Bisiada, Mario. 2011. The effect of translation on language change: How corpora can advance the debate. 7th International Postgraduate Conference in Translation & Interpreting (IPCITI7). University of Edinburgh, UK.


Title of journal 2016
Pragmatics and Society 1
Meta 1
inTRAlinea 1
New Voices in Translation Studies 1

Memberships & Contributions


Current teaching at UPF

Past teaching

At the University of Kent, I taught German linguistics, German phonetics & phonology, German as a second language and Translation between English and German. I also supervised extended year abroad essays on linguistic issues of present-day German.

Teaching qualifications

2015 − 2016
Formació Inicial en Docència Universitària
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
2013 − 2014
Associate Teacher Accreditation Programme
University of Kent, UK