GRIALE is the Research Group on Irony and Humour in Spanish at the Department of Spanish Studies, General Linguistics and the Theory of Literature at the University of Alicante.
Founded in 2002, it has carried out six R&D projects so far, and has received several grants from the University of Alicante.
Its main aims are the pragmatic analysis of irony and humour, the observation of socio-cultural aspects such as gender and its impact on irony and humour, children humour acquisition and the application of the results obtained to the teaching-learning of Spanish as a foreign language and to language disorders, especially those related to the autistic spectrum. In addition, it has produced a range of corpora on humour, which can be found at observahumor.com (http://www.observahumor.com/).
Notable joint publications include the book by Leonor Ruiz Gurillo and Xose A. Padilla (eds.) (2009): Dime cómo ironizas y te diré quién eres. Una aproximación pragmática a la ironía. Frankfurt, Peter Lang; the collective work of the GRIALE group (2011): ¿Estás de broma? 20 actividades para practicar la ironía en clase de ELE. Madrid, Edinumen; the editions of Leonor Ruiz-Gurillo and Mª Belén Alvarado-Ortega (eds.) (2013): Irony and Humor: From Pragmatics to Discourse. Amsterdam, John Benjamins, and Leonor Ruiz-Gurillo (eds.) (2016): Metapragmatics of humor. Current research trends. Amsterdam, John Benjamins; and the monographs edited by Larissa Timofeeva (2017): Metapragmatics of Children’s Humour. CLAC 70, 5-19. DOI: 10.5209/CLAC.56314, and (2021): Humor in Spanish Context, Special Issue of Spanish in Context, 18:1.