• Àngels Massip-Bonet
  • Gemma Bel-EnguixEmail author
  • Albert Bastardas-Boada


Based on the acknowledgment that many phenomena in human life are complex, there have been attempts to re-examine the conception of reality. Interdisciplines such as complex thinking, sciences of complexity or complex perspectives try to provide the “old” concepts with a new meaning. The complexity researches imply the restudy of reality, and they have cybernetics as precedent and partly as foundation: a transdisciplinary focus to explore the structures, restrictions and possibilities of regulatory systems. It intends to provide concepts, schemata and possibilities of thought and representation capable of expressing the interweaving and the multidimensional and systematic interdependence of the many phenomena of reality. Linguistics is one of the fields of knowledge that is making great progress under the new paradigm of complexity. The amount of contributions from physics and other scientific disciplines to linguistics is large, under which natural language has been addressed with theoretical and practical methods, both quantitative and qualitative. However, the conceptual resources and tools that are available nowadays are not completely suitable to perform all the tasks. Due to this, it is necessary to keep developing new theoretical and methodological tools that help understanding the dynamic interrelations of linguistic and sociocultural events. Simultaneously, the lines of inter and transdisciplinary research that transcend the communicative and linguistic phenomenon, and that connect them and interrelate them with life and the world must be strengthened.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Àngels Massip-Bonet
    • 1
  • Gemma Bel-Enguix
    • 2
    Email author
  • Albert Bastardas-Boada
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics, Projecte Scripta (FFI2016-80482P), Sociocomplexity—Complexity, Communication and Sociolinguistics Group, CUSC—Research Centre for Sociolinguistics and CommunicationUBICS—Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex Systems, Universitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Grupo de Ingeniería Lingüística—Instituto IngenieríaUniversidad Nacional Autonoma de MéxicoCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  3. 3.Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics, Sociocomplexity—Complexity, Communication and Sociolinguistics Group, CUSC—Research Centre for Sociolinguistics and Communication, UBICS—Universitat de Barcelona Institute of Complex SystemsUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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