The CENTRO DE ESTUDOS DE LINGUÍSTICA GERAL E APLICADA – CELGA (Centre for Studies of General and Applied Linguistics) is a Research and Development Unit ( number 17/287 ), funded by the FUNDAÇÃO PARA A CIÊNCIA E TECNOLOGIA – FCT ( Science and Technology Foundation ). Its host institution is the FACULDADE DE LETRAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA – FLUC.
Ratified in 1966 by the former INSTITUTO DE ALTA CULTURA – IAC, and later funded by INIC and JNICT, CELGA was founded by Professor José G. Herculano de Carvalho. In the eighties, the Academic Coordinator was Professor Luís F. Lindley Cintra.
The central goal of this Research and Development Unit is the in-depth study of the Portuguese language, in its passage through history, in the synchronic functioning of its diverse components and as a language in contact. Based on theoretical frameworks and multiple methodologies, the research conducted at CELGA seeks to establish scientifically sustained descriptions of the structure and usage of Portuguese, which may also contribute to the qualified teaching of the language.
Included in developing research, divulged through publications and specialized academic meetings, is the preparation of Master and Doctorate dissertations by junior members of the Unit, and the supervision of Master and Doctorate by many of the senior members.
At present, CELGA comprises 16 full members and 18 collaborators (12 of which are junior researchers). Senior researchers (both full members and collaborators) are professors of Linguistics at the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra (FLUC) and other foreign and portuguese Universities and Polytechnic Institutes.
One of the Unit’s aims is also to establish valuable contacts with researchers and institutions working in Linguistics, and especially in Portuguese Linguistics.
CELGA has ongoing protocols for scientific collaboration with two other research centres, one in Oporto, o Centro de Linguística da Universidade do Porto (CLUP), and the other in Lisbon Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa (CLUL) in research fields of mutual interest.
In the specialised field of Creole Linguistics, and resulting from international and national contacts already initiated, there will be further protocols of collaboration with CELGA. The following copartnerships have already been established in this field, with: Instutut für Romanistik (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (Amsterdam University) and also the Instituto de Linguística Teórica e Computacional (ILTEC) in Lisbon.
Partnerships for the co-supervision of theses with colleagues from other institutions are the foundations for scientific collaboration with the Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil) and the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Coimbra University.\
Some CELGA researchers are involved with the project IFLAR: Interaction in Foreign Language Acquisition and Research, submitted and approved under the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, of the European Union. This project involves networking with the following European Universities: Utrecht, Barcelona and Valencia.