The University of Verona hosted the 31nd ASELE International Congress from 3 August to 2022 September 32 (Association for the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language).
On this occasion, specialists from all over the world in the teaching of Spanish met to discuss and debate on communication, pedagogical translation and digital humanities in teaching Spanish.

On 2 September - 9.00-9.30 - Room T.7, a paper entitled:

"Identidad corporal en ELE: autobiografías y palabras características en estudiantes universitarios italófonos de nivel A2, B2 y C1"

Joint paper presented by Irene Buttazzi (Universidad de Nebrija University of Bologna), Daniela Pellegrini (Piazza Copernico), Mario Santoro (IAC-CNR Rome).

The contribution was presented by Irene Buttazzi, PhD from the Universidad de Nebrija, who presented the main objective of the study, identifying the characteristic words related to body identity, comparing 3 groups of Italian language university students of A2, B2 levels. and C1.

To achieve this goal, a corpus of autobiographies was analyzed to answer a question in which they were asked to describe their appearance: hair, eyes, nose, mouth and face shape.

The contribution of Piazza Copernico

As usual in all cases in which we are asked to make a contribution to public research, the availability of free use of the software has been provided semantic case for semantic analysis of open data.

As part of a dual-language questionnaire, 14 self-presentation questions were analyzed on the comparison of personal presentations in the native language and Spanish.

The Semanticase analysis model was used entirely to explore the different characteristics of the language used.

The data analysis carried out through the SemantiCase tool made it possible to determine the words relating to the distinctive and exclusive identity of each group (A2, B2 and C1), in this way it was possible to identify the specific contents and, therefore, the meanings identities associated with each level.

The results indicated that the A2 level students described themselves with simple and common words, the intermediate level (B2) participants, on the other hand, mainly used n-grams to describe themselves, that is, constructs and sets of words. Finally, the C1-level students described their face in a more particular way, as the distinctive words they used referred to more specific facial features.